Category Archives: Palaeontology

Rediscovered tooth confirms the presence of the first early hominin in Central Africa

Images taken by researchers of  the Ishango left upper first molar
Images taken by researchers of the Ishango left upper first molar

ResearchBlogging.org A reassessment of a fossilised tooth provides the first strong piece of evidence for the presence of early hominins (humans and their ancestors) in the Western Rift Valley in Central Africa nearly 2 million years ago.  Continue reading Rediscovered tooth confirms the presence of the first early hominin in Central Africa

Fossil discovery reignites debate on first human settlement of South America

Fossilised vertebra of an extinct giant sloth
Fossilised vertebra of an extinct giant ground sloth

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Fossils recently excavated from a site in Uruguay provide tantalising evidence for the presence of human hunter-gatherer societies nearly 30,000 years ago.  Continue reading Fossil discovery reignites debate on first human settlement of South America