What is Paleoanthropology? (RePublish!!!)

What is Paleoanthropology? Introduction: The world as we know it, and especially how we do not know it, is an amazing thing. We discover new things each and every day. About our present world, the future of that world, and it’s past. The more we learn, the more questions we find need answering. From theContinue reading “What is Paleoanthropology? (RePublish!!!)”

Did Cooking Make Us Human?

In “Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human” by Dr. Richard Wrangham, we learn about what is possibly the most important change in human, and pre-human history. Fire changed everything that our ancestors did, from how they digested food, to how they hunted and fended off predators. Fire changed how we viewed the world, it spurred on the formation of culture as we know it today, and led to massive dietary changes that allowed for the explosion in brain size we see between H. habilis and H. erectus in the fossil record. While there is little actual evidence of fire in the fossil record, at least until much more recently, it is difficult to say for sure just exactly how the first hominins came across fire, and how they used it. What possessed them to take something that they knew would be so dangerous, and apply it in the ways that they did? We may never know for sure, but we can look at the biological changes that have brought us to be where we are today, and we can trace the very roots of our many cultures to sitting around the campfire, preparing food. Dr. Wrangham proposes the “Cooking Hypothesis” in this book, which since its publication has been widely accepted, and changed the way we view early Homo. While fire may date back much earlier than we know currently, the basis of its effects remains the same. We would not be the same without fire, it has fueled our evolution and fuels the machine of our modern world. But how? 

The Importance of Lucy (Revisited)!!!

One of the first blog posts I made! Check it out! The year was 1974, and a young man named Don Johanson was surveying land in Hadar, in the Afar region of Ethiopia, Africa. The day was November 24th and the scientific community would never be the same. “They had taken a Land Rover outContinue reading “The Importance of Lucy (Revisited)!!!”

Neanderthal Symposium; Presented by the World of Paleoanthropology!

***Update Two*** As we approach the date, we are now accepting Q/A submissions for our board of experts! Please email your Neanderthal related questions to worldofpaleoanthropology@gmail.com with an appropriate subject to have your question considered! The Q/A will last for about 30 min, and we will get through as many questions as we can! ***Update***Continue reading “Neanderthal Symposium; Presented by the World of Paleoanthropology!”

Do you want US to FEATURE your written work? Learn MORE-It’s FREE!

Do you want to publish, online for #free any #papers, #essays, etc that you have written, or would like to write? I am happy to tell you that @WrldOfPaleoAnth would be happy to host your work! Again, #FORFREE!!! We just want to educate! All rights and credit will remain yours! https://worldofpaleoanthropology.org/featured-papers-and-posts/ stem #anthropologymatters #Species #HomoContinue reading “Do you want US to FEATURE your written work? Learn MORE-It’s FREE!”

Genes….

So, I’m ok at genetics, I’ve never studied it specifically outside of Bio 101, but I can keep up. First week of Human Behavioral Evolution class and 💥 BAM 💥 Epigenetics “You know how, in all k-12 and intro college classes about biology or anthropology, that evolution does not work by traits gained during anContinue reading “Genes….”