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Paleoanthropology (paleontology + physical anthropology) is the study of ancient humans as found in fossil hominid evidence such as petrifacted bones and footprints.

Paleoanthropology (paleontology + physical anthropology) is the study of ancient humans as found in fossil hominid evidence such as petrifacted bones and footprints.

A paleoanthropologist's blog: http://johnhawks.net/weblog

Remember to check out the main anthropology subreddit: /r/anthropology

Also, /r/HistoryNetwork, /r/Zooarchaeology


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Movie recommendation

Raiders of the lost Ark and Stargate are silly movies (from a science point of view) but hugely enjoyable for the Archeology and Egyptology fans. Are there any movies other than La Guerre du Feu that Anthropology fans enjoy?

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Where to access course material for self-learning

Thank you mods for approving me to post. How can I get access to the course material, book lists, research, etc that someone would study doing a course with a focus on paleoanthropology?

I want to learn just for the fun of learning itself, I have a degree and established career in an entirely different area and have no want to switch what I do for my day job. So far the resources I have found have been priced with the expectation that the person accessing the material wants a degree or some form of validation to prove they have gained that knowledge to go to a employer etc.

To answer a question I can see coming - I understand that there is prerequisite subject material that I would also have to study in order to get foundations before I get into the juicy material, and I'm excited about reading those texts as well.

If anyone has recommendations on where to get course guides, text book lists, etc that would help me on this journey I really would appreciate the help. Even if you have a recommendation that you worry is not too helpful, please feel free to comment. I can put it on the list as I will exhaust my options until the next fancy takes my attention in probably about 5 or so years time. Normally I hyper focus on an interest for a decade before fully moving on.

Thank you in advance :)

Edit: sorry for typos on two hours sleep.

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Happy Cakeday, r/paleoanthropology! Today you're 10

Let's look back at some memorable moments and interesting insights from last year.

Your top 10 posts:

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New Paper on the Possible Fate of the Peking Man Fossils

New paper on the fate of lost Peking Man fossils. It argues that they were never actually given to the US marines, citing newly discovered state department documents from 1943. They also present evidence that a photograph of the footlocker discovered in 1972 that was supposedly in Marine custody was a fake made to mislead investigators with doctored modern bones. Unfortunately, they have no new evidence of where they may be. We are at square one, with no reliable evidence beyond the day that they were packed.


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Do any other animals or prehistoric hominids than sapiens have shaman or priest roles?

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Dr Tebogo Makhubela on Twitter — Special H. Naledi announcement

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The Basics of Neandertals in 20 Minutes

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Early European Modern Human Mutant

I would like some help with an Early European modern human mutant I'm writing about. When did the first Early European modern humans reach Germany? How tall would a male Early European modern humans be? When do you think the first appearance of grey eyes happened? Did Early European modern humans look different than humans and if they did then what were the ways they were different from humans in appearance?

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Short video on the replacement theory of Neanderthals and Denisovans, and floresians, details the findings of the Denisova cave. Thought it may be enjoyed here.

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Paleoanthropologist Lee Berge talks human evolution, Homo naledi, ancient drug use & ritual burials

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Could H. florensiensis and H. luzonensis have been just different variants of the same species?

Splitter vs lumper question. What differences between the two justify separating them as two different species? What similarities do they share?

Relevant shower thought that gave birth to this question: What are the odds that two separate hominds on two separate Southeast Asian islands living roughly contemporaneously developed insular dwarfism separately? Could there have been a common ancestor that colonized the other islands of Southeast Asia, maybe even the mainland?

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Chemical analysis of pigments confirms cave art’s Paleolithic origins by Emily Harwitz

Published August 8, 2021 " More than a thousand symbols mark the stalagmitic dome of the Cave of Ardales in Málaga, Spain, and some of the oldest ones were indeed put there by Neanderthals, reports a team led by Africa Pitarch Martí and João Zilhão of the University of Barcelona confirming their debated 2018 study (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2021, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2021495118). The group used scalpels to remove microscopic particles of red pigment from a specific section and compared them with iron oxide–rich scrapings from around the cave. Using a suite of microscopy and spectroscopy tools, the group characterized the composition of the samples and found that the ochre-based red pigment is distinct from minerals found in the cave. Further, pigment composition varied by layer, indicating that it was “the result of at least three different moments of artistic activity spread out over at least 20,000 years,” Zilhão says. Some of the panels date back over 65,000 years, when Neanderthals were the only humans in Europe. “It’s a game changer in our understanding of the origins of art and the cognition and behavior of the Neanderthals,” Zilhão says." https://cen.acs.org/analytical-chemistry/art-artifacts/Neanderthals-painted-Spanish-cave-red/99/i29

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