"Morphological clock" age estimate of 912 ka for Homo naledi

“Morphological clock” age estimate of 912 ka for Homo naledi

The evolutionary relationships and age of Homo naledi: An assessment using dated Bayesian phylogenetic methods

Mana Dembo, Davorka Radovčić, Heather M. Garvin, Myra F. Laird, Lauren Schroeder, Jill E. Scott, Juliet Brophy, Rebecca R. Ackermann, Chares M. Musiba, Darryl J. de Ruiter, Arne Ø. Mooers, Mark Collard

Journal of Human Evolution Vol. 97, August 2016: 17–26; doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.04.008

Homo naledi is a recently discovered species of fossil hominin from South Africa.  … ⇒

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.  … ⇒

Iberia's oldest Mesolithic cemetery, 9475–9300 BP

Iberia’s oldest Mesolithic cemetery, 9475–9300 BP

The Emergence of Mesolithic Cemeteries in SW Europe: Insights from the El Collado (Oliva, Valencia, Spain) Radiocarbon Record

Gibaja, J.F., Subirà, M.E., Terradas, X., Santos, F.J., Agulló, L., Gómez-Martínez, I., Allièse, F., de Pablo, J.F-L. (2015)
PLoS ONE 10(1): e0115505. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115505

Located on the Iberian Mediterranean coast, El Collado is an open-air site where a rescue excavation was conducted over two seasons in 1987 and 1988.  … ⇒

Unadmixed Polynesians in the interior of 18th century Brazil

Unadmixed Polynesians in the interior of 18th century Brazil

Malaspinas et al. 2014, Fig. 1. “18th century” is a conservative end range: The 95% HPDs of the marine corrected dates are 1479–1708 AD and 1730–1804 AD for Bot15, and 1496–1842 AD for Bot17.

Follow-up to a bizarre mtDNA finding from 2013: 2 of 14 skulls in the Botocudo collection of The Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found to have seemingly Austronesian mtDNA haplogroups while the remainder exhibited the typically Native American hg C1.  … ⇒