Some Neanderthal Facts

Although this article has some errors (can you find any?), there are some very interesting parts to it. It correctly discusses the Neanderthal male-modern human female infertility, and mentions that Neanderthals were never very numerous, with estimates of peak population as low as 3500 females. As for the errors – […]

Neanderthal Hook-Ups

You have to love an article with the subtitle, “SOME HUMANS JUST COULDN’T RESIST INTER-SPECIES SEX.” The main thing I like in this article is the map that shows the timing and our likely migration pathways as we dispersed into all parts of the world. Approximately 50,000 years ago, modern […]

Göbekli Tepe

BUILT 7000 YEARS BEFORE STONEHENGE, Göbekli Tepe in Turkey is awe-inspiring. Covering at least 22 acres, it features more than 200 T-shaped, image-covered, stone pillars up to 20 feet (6m) tall and weighing 22 tons (most of the ~100 stones at Stonehenge are of similar size, with a few being […]

World War Zero

In percentage terms, WORLD WAR ZERO WAS FAR WORSE than WW1 and WW2 combined, and the bad guys seem to have won. Remember the Beach Boy song Surf City, that had the line, “Two girls for every boy?” Well, paleo genetic studies have detected a severe Y chromosome bottleneck over […]

“New Man”

In the late 1600’s, he would go to the Dussel river, which runs through western Germany, to get inspiration for his poems. One of his 60 poems became famous, and to this day is commonly sung as a hymn in churches. People loved him during his short life, and in […]

Think About This

Think about this: There is more genetic similarity between an Australian aboriginie and a Northern European than there is between most people of different tribes in Africa. How can that be? Well, about 70,000 years ago, one group made it out of Africa (with their relative lack of genetic diversity), […]

Feeding the gods

136,000 SKULLS. That’s what Andres de Tapia, one of the conquistadors, described seeing on towers and racks as they victoriously entered Tenochtitlan in 1519. Revulsed by the barbarity it represented, the conquistadors tore down the racks (called tzompantli), paved over the ruins, and began building what would become Mexico City. […]

Ancient Seafarers

Scientists have grudgingly begun to admit that our species was able to cross large stretches of ocean perhaps as long ago as 60,000 years. Turns out we probably weren’t the only seafaring human species. A new study–based on genetics–proposes that Denisovans similarly found a way to navigate the deep waters […]

Fast and Furious Paleohuman Discoveries

PALEOHUMAN DISCOVERIES ARE COMING FAST AND FURIOUS, both from the genetics side and from the discovery of new bones. Think about it – until 2010, we knew NOTHING about Denisovans – didn’t even know they’d existed, much less contributed more to our gene pool (at least in SE Asians) than […]

Was there a Biblical Flood?

Gilgamesh is the oldest known novel in the world, first written in Sumeria about 4100 years ago, about 1500 years before the Old Testament. In it, Gilgamesh comes across the only survivor of a catastrophic flood, and many scholars believe this influenced Moses in his later writings about Noah’s flood. […]