Fossil History

How do we know what we know about humans’ evolutionary past?

Paige Madison is a PhD candidate studying the History and Philosophy of Science at Arizona State University. She is interested in the history of paleoanthropology, specifically how fossils are used as scientific pieces of evidence. Her research is currently focused on Neanderthals, Australopithecines, and Homo floresiensis.

In addition to her dissertation research, Paige is interested in science communication and social media as a tool for such communication. She blogs about fossils and history in order to communicate and celebrate her genuine enthusiasm for fossils. She can also be found on social media sharing new discoveries, celebrating important moments in history, and just generally being excited.


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Best Paleoanthropology of 2018 So Far

It's hard to believe it's already August. The year has sped by at an unprecedented rate, so much so that I missed the halfway point of the year (by a couple of months--oops). But, I've decided I need to do a roundup of my favorite finds this year anyway, there's too...

Nightfall in the Hobbit Cave

“This is what Homo floresiensis must have felt like,” a paleoanthropologist mused through the darkness. It is almost 8pm on a Thursday and I am sitting on the floor of the cave known as Liang Bua. Other researchers stand only a meter from me, but I cannot see them, my...