Another exciting development in the history of our closest cousins, this post talks about the incredible hunting prowess of the Neandertals, and what that means for understanding their cognitive capabilities.
The Handy Man Can
A brief introduction to the potential founder of our genus, Homo habilis.
The Grandparents of My Cousin
In this very basic write up, we meet Homo heidelbergensis, the top competitor for our shared ancestor with the Neanderthals.
A Little Finger and a Lot of Background.
With the announcement that a Denisovan finger bone physically resembles modern humans while genetically being more related to Neandertal, I give some context as to how we can know that.
And Then There Were Five
A brief look at the several members of our genus who survived until most recent times, including the recently announced Homo luzonensis.
Why I Won’t Miss the Missing Link.
The "missing link" is one of the most pervasive ideas in the popular understanding of evolution. I hate it, I'm not alone in hating it, and here's why.
Evolution’s Place in Anthropology
Anthropology is the study of humans. It's the study of our cultural diversity and developments. Our similarities and differences. It's the study of our history--hopefully without some of the drawbacks of nationalism that History is criticized for.
It's the study of our shared heritage. And that includes or place in the Animal Kingdom.
So in order to understand the biological aspects of the field of anthropology, we need to have a basic understanding of evolution.