Tag Archives: Neanderthal

Promiscuity in the Pleistocene

At some point there must have been children who were 50% Neanderthal and 50% AMH. And some who were 50% Neanderthal and 50% Denisovan. How did they survive? What kind of society existed in these ancient times that would permit such offspring not only to survive but also to mate and produce offspring in their turn? But however it happened, our ancestors in the pleistocene were a promiscuous lot. Continue reading

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DNA from a 400,000 year old hominin from Spain decoded

The Max Planck team have now taken a giant leap backwards in time in extracting and analysing an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a 400,000-year-hominin. The specimen is from Sima de los Huesos, a unique cave site in Northern Spain. The results show that it is related to the mitochondrial genome of Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neandertals in Asia. Continue reading

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The first string? Man-made, twisted, fibre, cords at least 90,000 years ago

Much of the material recovered from the Abri du Maras site and appears to provide compelling evidence that twisted fibres were being created by Neanderthals at least 90,000 years ago. Continue reading

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Humans and reindeer

Humans have been interacting with reindeer for at least some 45,000 years and perhaps longer. There is some suggestion that not just Anatomically Modern Humans but that even Neanderthals – more than 60,000 years ago – hunted reindeer. Mass herding of reindeer dates back around 7,000 years but true domestication of reindeer is probably quite recent and no more than 2-3000 years old and probably took place as a consequence of many domestication events. Continue reading

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What led humans to counting and when?

I speculate that the need to communicate to others lies not only behind speech but also behind the development of counting. I further speculate that the increasing complexities of co-operation and their requirements for communication was what drove the parallel – and inter-linked – development of speech and numerology starting some 150,000 years ago. Continue reading

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Was dog domestication the critical advantage for Sapiens over Neanderthalensis?

Using eyes for communication and the canine ability to read such movements may have provided Homo Sapiens with the ability to domesticate dogs and this in turn may have been a critical factor in the dominance of Sapiens over Neanderthalensis. Continue reading

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