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Massive Lake Turkana burial site hints at social complexity of earliest herders

A groundbreaking study has found the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa built 5,000 years ago by early pastoralists living around Lake Turkana, Kenya. This group is believed to have lived without major inequalities and hierarchies, contradicting long-standing narratives about the origins of early civilizations. The study, led by Elisabeth Hildebrand, PhD, Department [...]

By |2018-08-21T17:59:30+00:00August 20th, 2018|Featured, General|Comments Off on Massive Lake Turkana burial site hints at social complexity of earliest herders

Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution

Ancient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet fossil DNA has not been found yet in any part of Africa, where it’s destroyed by extreme heat and humidity. In a potential first step at overcoming this hurdle, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and [...]

By |2017-09-11T12:03:58+00:00September 11th, 2017|Featured, General|Comments Off on Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution

“Alesi”: Discovery & Analysis

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 10th, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. The research was done by an [...]

By |2017-08-14T15:44:44+00:00August 14th, 2017|Media, Video|Comments Off on “Alesi”: Discovery & Analysis

13 million-year-old infant ape skull discovered in the Turkana Basin

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 10th, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. The research was done by an international [...]

By |2017-08-15T15:57:59+00:00August 9th, 2017|Featured, General|Comments Off on 13 million-year-old infant ape skull discovered in the Turkana Basin