Fossils, Cave Dirt, and Gold Dust: Best Paleoanthropology of the Decade

The future is never going to look quite like we imagined. We might envision flying saucers and colonies on Mars while experiencing smaller futuristic advances like cordless earphones. Although we aren’t all zipping around the solar system on space...

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A Day at Liang Bua

A Day at Liang Bua

In 2004, the discovery of a tiny hominin catapulted the limestone cave of Liang Bua into the scientific spotlight. Few people realize, however, that Liang Bua's scientific history extends both long before the hobbit's discovery and continues unfolding to the present...

Following Father Verhoeven to Flores

Following Father Verhoeven to Flores

The story of an unexpected hobbit discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores is fairly well known (and if you don't know it, check out my post on the discovery). A team of interdisciplinary scientists led by archaeologists Raden Panji Soejono and Mike Morwood was...

Learning About the Hobbits of Flores

Learning About the Hobbits of Flores

“Oh, this is absolutely bizarre,” scientist Bert Roberts exclaimed, referring to the fossil species Homo floresiensis. Bizarre is a word that sums up the floresiensis creatures (known as the hobbits) quite nicely. These primitive hominins--with their small brains,...

A Favorite Sunday Ritual

A Favorite Sunday Ritual

When I began considering applying to graduate school, my mother told me I should read The New York Times to help build my vocabulary. So while studying for the graduate entrance exams, I started picking up the Sunday Times from a newsstand next to the burger joint I...