Our Uniquely Lopsided Brain

We all know that the human brain is ridiculously large, but how many of us realise that it’s lopsided as well? It turns out that the cockeyed shape of our brains is as important to understanding human evolution as its size is. The brain’s lopsidedness is most evident through our hand preferences. Roughly nine out […]

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Lucy’s Shattered Bones Prove Our Ancestors Lived a Dangerous Life in the Trees

A ground breaking new study of the bones of a 3.2 million year old human ancestor (‘Lucy’) has revealed that she died from the crushing impact of a fall from high in the trees. This exciting research published this week in the journal Nature adds great weight to the idea that Lucy and her Australopithecine […]

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Asia is the Gift that Keeps on Giving in Prehistory

Political and economic pundits constantly remind us that this is the ‘Asian Century’, and it’s shaping up to be that way also for human origins science. I’ve only recently waxed lyrical about the enormous impact East Asia is having on our thinking in prehistory circles; reshaping the intellectual landscape as it were. At the risk […]

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