How long have human beings been making cheese? A hell of a lot longer than previously thought as it turns out. Apparently, we’ve been turning dairy into cheese for at least 7000 years, which is pretty close to as long as we’ve streaming out of Africa.
This is a fascinating read about why Obama has strange swath of strong supporters in the South that happens to exactly mirror the coastline of the southeast corner of America during the Cretaceous era, 129 million years ago. Yes, ancient geology still plays a role in modern American politics.
It’s already known that the Khoe-San people of southern Africa are one of the earliest distinct groups of Homo sapiens, but exactly how old are they? New research, examining the genomes of 220 different people from 11 different southern African populations shows that this first split happened around 100,000 years ago.
In case you were wondering exactly what the known scientific geological time scale looks like compared to the 4000 year truncated version laid out by Creationists, the internet delivers.
When you think of Neanderthals, yeah sure they had basic leather and fur clothing and some really basic tools, but medicine? Apparently so. New evidence from the dental tartar of Neanderthals shows they also had a basic knowledge of herbal medicine.
As long as humans have been humans, we’ve been finding ways to fuck over our fellow man. A new report published in The Journal of Royal Society’s Interface has confirmed that the first assassinated man in history was killed by an arrow, shot into his back, 5,300 years ago. Et tu Ugg?
In 1991, the Tyrolean Iceman, also know as Otzi, was discovered frozen in the Alps and has since been invaluable in giving scientists a look at what human life in central Europe might have been like 5300 years ago. Even though Otzi’s body has been studied for the past 20 years, he still yields new secrets— like how apparently he was lactose intolerant and has modern day relatives living in the Mediterranean region.
In the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain, the above painting was discovered and dated to be 42,000 years old, making them the oldest human artwork ever found. Or maybe they’re human. There’s also a very good chance the art was made by Neanderthals, during the hominid species’ last stand, pushed back to the Iberian peninsula.
Australian scientists on Thursday hailed the discovery of a pair of insect-like eyes belonging to a freakish prehistoric super-predator which trawled the seas more than 500 million years ago. SCARY!
It’s pretty much established at this point that Homo sapiens (that’s us) and Neanderthals did occasionally get down and dirty under the mammoth skin, but humans in Europe weren’t the only ones bumping uglies with other hominid species. Across the globe in east Asia, people were making sweet sweet monkey love with Denisovans.
Around 2 million years ago, Homo erectus, one of the many now extinct species of human, was probably the first to invent cooking. This seminal event had huge implications for hominid evolution, giving the ancestors of modern humans time and energy for activities such as running, thinking deep thoughts and inventing things like the wheel, reality shows and beer can chicken.
We know that Homo sapiens originated in Africa and from there, spread around the globe to where you’re sitting and where you’re sitting and where you’re sitting. But there’s been some debate as to whether complex language evolved while we were still half-hairy apes or whether it came after many of us had left.