Browsing: Palaeoanthropology

A Protein Found in the Saliva Samples of Sub-Saharan Africans Offers Evidence that Strongly Contradicts the ‘Out of Africa’ Theory for Human Origins. Scientists from the University of Buffalo stumbled on the genetic marker for an unknown African interbreeding event while researching the evolution of an important mucin protein called MUC7. [This article explores the conclusions reached in a new study, and offers the opinion of this writer as to the possible interpretations of some of the associated scientific findings]. Sub-Saharan Africa has long been considered the birth place of humanity. The region’s Khoisan population is heralded as the oldest…

Over 11,000 artefacts in Kakadu national park have been dated to between 65,000 and 80,000 years old, rewriting the consensus understanding of human occupation of Australia [This article explores the conclusions reached in a new study, and offers the opinion of this writer as to the possible interpretations of some of the associated scientific findings]. For the last decade, the debate has raged as to whether modern humans had resided on the Australian continent for 50,000 years or perhaps 60,000 years. The latest results stem from dating procedures carried out on over 11,000 artefacts from the Madjedbebe rock shelter. The…

Neanderthals Interbred with Homo sapiens Very Early – Not in Europe, in Asia Mitochondrial DNA from Hohlenstein-Stadel cave reveals unexpectedly high diversity among Neanderthals in Europe, but even more incredible is the discovery of genes acquired by mating with archaic Homo sapiens sometime between 470,000 and 220,000 years ago. [This article explores the conclusions reached in a new study, and offers the opinion of this writer as to the possible interpretations of some of the associated scientific findings]. It is no secret that early hominins of different shapes and sizes, with very different genetic lineages – even those of different…