Against late survival of Flores “hobbits”

Sutikna, T., Tocheri, M. W., Morwood, M. J., Saptomo, E. W., Jatmiko, Awe, R. D., Wasisto, S., Westaway, K. E., Aubert, M., Li, B., Zhao, J.-x., Storey, M., Alloway, B. V., Morley, M. W., Meijer, H. J. M., van den Bergh, G. D., Grün, R., Dosseto, A., Brumm, A., Jungers, W. L., & Roberts, R. G. (2016). Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia.  … ⇒

Northern limits

Nielsen, T. K., Benito, B. M., Svenning, J.-C., Sandel, B., McKerracher, L., Riede, F., & Kjærgaard, P. C. (2016). Investigating Neanderthal dispersal above 55°N in Europe during the Last Interglacial Complex. Quaternary International [In Press — Corrected Proof: Available online 17 January 2016]. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.039

When dealing with the northern boundary of Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) and the question of whether or not they dispersed into Southern Scandinavia,  … ⇒

The week in bioRxiv

Improving access to endogenous DNA in ancient bone and teeth

Peter B. Damgaard, Ashot Margaryan, Hannes Schroeder, Ludovic Orlando, Eske Willerslev, Morten E. Allentoft
February 6, 2015; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/014985

Poor DNA preservation is the most limiting factor in ancient genomic research. In the vast majority of ancient bones and teeth, endogenous DNA molecules only represent a minor fraction of the whole DNA extract, rendering traditional shot-gun sequencing approaches cost-ineffective for whole-genome characterization.  … ⇒

Earliest figurative cave art from Wallacea

Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia

M. Aubert, A. Brumm, M. Ramli, T. Sutikna, E. W. Saptomo, B. Hakim, M. J. Morwood, G. D. van den Bergh, L. Kinsley & A. Dosseto
Nature 514, 223–227 (09 October 2014) doi:10.1038/nature13422

Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe ~40–35 thousand years (kyr) ago of a rich corpus of sophisticated artworks, including parietal art (that is,  … ⇒

Phyloproteomics at mega-annum time depth?

Phyloproteomics at mega-annum time depth?

Macrauchenia reconstruction by Kobrina Olga.

Courtesy of Lars Dietz and Darren Naish: two presentations on collagen sequencing of extinct Pleistocene South American ungulates from the 4th International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina (September 28–October 3, 2014). Abstract book here (be warned, it’s 934 pages long).

The horizon expands.

MOLECULAR PHYLOGENIES OF SOUTH AMERICAN MAMMALS FROM ‘PALAEOPROTEOMICS’

Michael Buckley1,  … ⇒

Claim: Modern human teeth in southern China 70-125 ka BP

Fig. 4. Two human teeth from Lunadong: upper (LN0031); lower (LN0030). Views from left to right: occlusal view; mesial view; distal view; buccal view; lingual view.

Modern human teeth from Late Pleistocene Luna Cave (Guangxi, China)

Christopher J. Bae, Wei Wang, Jianxin Zhao, Shengming Huang, Feng Tian, Guanjun Sheng

Quaternary International xxx (2014) 1–15; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.051

We present two previously unreported hominin permanent teeth [one right upper second molar (M2),  … ⇒