sábado, 25 de abril de 2015

From sticks to stones: getting a grip on the human genus


Artist’s interpretation of an Australopithecus family. Probably the first hominin to make stone tools, according to new research. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
 
2015 has already been an amazing year for human evolution science.

We’ve witnessed an uncanny convergence of discoveries on the beginnings of the human genus, Homo, and all that it implies for understanding the evolution of a range of human characteristics, including culture and tool making.

Yet, the implications of this research run much deeper than most people would immediately think. Let me explain. [...] theconversation.com/