Category Archives: human evolution

In search of a prehistoric hamster

Today is the start of a journey that might just end with us discovering just how destructive our ancestors really were. Palaeontologist Dr Adam Yates is heading off to Darwin in Australia to find something that once looked like a … Continue reading

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The world’s oldest use of poison

And the embargo breaks…scientists can now reveal that they have found the world’s oldest known use of poison. Traces of ricin were discovered on a 20000-year-old wooden stick that was excavated at Border Cave in Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa. The … Continue reading

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Scientists reveal the development of a world first open access laboratory.

It is just your normal CT scanner sitting in a hospital but it has allowed scientists to peer into a big lump of rock and discover some of the rarest fossils in the world. Tonight in Shanghai China a group … Continue reading

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Hope lies broken in desert sand

This is an op ed piece I wrote on the San Bushmen. I met Jan van der Westhuizen who sees a world filled with spirits and believes if we return to nature we will become a better people. It is nice to know there are still people like that around. … Continue reading

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Even the famous chimps led sad lives.

When Nikki was rescued by the Jane Goodall Institute, he was found dressed like a little boy. He had on a gold watch, was wearing denim shorts, and carrying a suitcase with a change of clothes.   The chimpanzee was … Continue reading

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A first ever peek at what was on the dinner table two million years ago.

It is the stuff dentists scrape off teeth every day and now it has allowed a bunch of scientists to take a peek at what was on the menu two million years ago. The embargo has just broken on the … Continue reading

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RIP Prof Tobias

I met Prof Tobias in 1996 and back then he spoke about his fears for the human race. I still have some of those quotes he gave me that day. One of them was:” I am concerned about the plight … Continue reading

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Car Parks and the mystery of the Peking Man

For 60 years the Peking Man fossils have remained missing. The Chinese government has offered a reward, researchers have tried to work out what happened and hoaxers pushed their luck. Nothing. But now an old US marine’s tale has provided … Continue reading

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Once were runners

Johannes Tlou remembered them, the little people who would slip across the sandy Shashi river, close to where it joins the Limpopo. They were the Vhasarwa, the Bushmen/San who came to collect the fibres of the ilala palm, to weave … Continue reading

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Blunt force trauma, cave man style

  It might be evidence of the first ever blow struck in anger, etched in a 126000 year-old-skull. The blow delivered by a blunt object left an indent in the skull. What is surprising is that the victim survived, his … Continue reading

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