Archaeologists, Prof. Nicholas Conard and his team member Maria Malina, present the discovery of two fragments of a new female figurine in today's edition of the journal: Archäologische Ausgrabungen Baden-Württemberg. The figurine shows similarities with the well-known Venus from Hohle Fels that Prof. Conard published in 2009.
Early humans had to deal with cavities too and an infected 14,000-year-old tooth may have just given us a glimpse into the oldest known evidence of dentistry. Instead of sterile instruments and anesthesia, our ancestors had their cavities removed with sharpened stone tools. So, the next time you’re visiting your dentist be thankful you don’t have to undergo the grim, rudimentary dental practices from the Paleolithic era.
Longtemps jugé inférieur et bestial, l’homme de Néandertal est reconnu aujourd’hui comme le représentant d’une humanité à part entière. Il a vécu en Europe pendant quelque 300 000 ans et a disparu il y a environ 30 000 ans, définitivement remplacé par Homo sapiens, notre ancêtre direct.
Une étude américaine a comparé la taille du pouce chez différents représentants vivants ou éteints des hominidés. Elle suggère que les mains de l'homme (et de ses ancêtres) ont très peu évolué en 5 millions d'années.
A newly discovered horned dinosaur from Canada lived 79 million years ago, making it one of the oldest known members of the Triceratops family, Ceratopsidae. It also sports the earliest evidence we’ve seen of a tall nose horn, offering hints about when this iconic feature evolved. The findings were published in PLoS One this week.
La Caune de l'Arago (à Tautavel, près de Perpignan) est un site préhistorique unique en Europe dont le rayonnement est international. Depuis plus d'un demi-siècle, les fouilles qui y sont organisées tous les ans (initiées par le Pr. de Lumley) ont livré 600 000 objets provenant de dépôts datés de 80 000 à 560 000 ans, témoins des modes de vie de groupes humains du Paléolithique inférieur au long des variations climatiques de cette longue période du Quaternaire.
La « Tombe de Philippe » de la nécropole royale d'Aigéai, la capitale macédonnienne, était censée être celle de Philippe II. Mais une tombe voisine, où est inhumé un personnage boiteux, semble être la véritable sépulture du père d'Alexandre le Grand.
TÜBINGEN, GERMANY—Two fragments of a female figurine carved from mammoth ivory have been found in Hohle Fels Cave. The fragments resemble a breast and part of the stomach of the 40,000-year-old figurine known as the Venus from Hohle Fels, which was discovered in 2008. This carving may have been slightly larger, however, than the approximately two-inch-tall Venus. “The new discovery indicates that the female depictions are not as rare in the Aurignacian as previously thought, and that concerns about human sexuality, reproduction and fertility in general have a very long and rich history dating to the Ice Age,” Nicholas Conard of the University of Tübingen said in a press release. To read about another masterpiece of Paleolithic art, go to "New Life for Lion Man."
Until now, researchers believed farming was "invented" some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization—Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran—an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A new discovery by an international collaboration of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Harvard University, Bar-Ilan University, and the University of Haifa offers the first evidence that trial plant cultivation began far earlier—some 23,000 years ago.
A modern human who lived in what is now Romania between 37,000 and 42,000 years ago had at least one Neanderthal ancestor as little as four generations back—which is to say, a great-great-grandparent.
Scientists have known for at least half a decade that living humans bear traces of Neanderthal blood—or more specifically, Neanderthal DNA. Just when and where our ancestors bred with their now-extinct cousins, however, has been tricky to pin down until now. A new study published Monday in the journal Nature has the highest percentage of Neanderthal DNA of any modern human ever studied.
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