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Link Love: Human Origins

Hands, from the Cave of Hands. By Mariano (Own work) [ GFDL  or  CC BY-SA 2.5 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Hands, from the Cave of Hands. By Mariano (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

For anyone interested in learning a bit more about human origins/evolution, two recent discoveries to check out:

  1. New info about food production/consumption by paleolithic peoples (forager societies from about 2 million BP-10,000 BP). Turns out they were making flour way before the agricultural revolution…
  2. Researchers in South Africa have uncovered the bones of a previously unknown hominid specieshomo naledi. Fascinating stuff.
  3. Tool use might date back further than we thought - to the histories of other hominids: "Maybe Early Humans Weren't the First to Get a Good Grip" (from NPR)

Heather Bennett

Professor, feminist, sci-fi geek. Historian interested in pedagogy, technology, gender/sexuality, archives, pop culture, medicine, intellectual history, world history.