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Hominin DNA found in cave sediments

Researchers have managed to recover hominid DNA from cave sediments dating back between 14,000-550,000 years. Scientists in Germany have recovered ancient human DNA from sediment, not bones or teeth, in a finding that could offer a new inroad into our own evolutionary history. A team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary

Paleolithic hominin site found in Israel

A Paleolithic hominin site dating back 200,000 years has been found near Nesher Ramla in Northern Israel. Unearthed were numerous finds that comprised an 8-meter deep sequence of "rich and well-preserved lithic [worked stone tool artifacts] and faunal assemblages [animal and early human bones], combustion features [features evidencing use or presence

Hominin jawbone found in Serbian cave

A half-million-year-old human jawbone has been found in a cave in Serbia. The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS

Kenyan tone tools indicate hominin coexistence

Stone axes found in the same sedimentary layer as cruder stone tools has revealed that hominins with different tool-making technologies coexisted. The finding, described today in Nature, includes another important discovery: the hand axes, usually associated with the emergence around 1.5 million years ago of Homo erectus as the dominant hominin