Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2015 Feb 6;112(7):E606. Epub 2015 Feb 6.
Kenneth J. Hsü Center for Integrated Hydrological Circuits Development, National Institutes of Earth Sciences, Beijing 100871, China.
Elife 2021 May 12;10. Epub 2021 May 12.
Anthropology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, United States.
The evolution of bipedalism and reduced reliance on arboreality in hominins resulted in larger lower limb joints relative to the joints of the upper limb. The pattern and timing of this transition, however, remains unresolved. Here, we find the limb joint proportions of , , and to resemble those of modern humans, whereas those of , , , , , and are more ape-like. Read More
Nat Ecol Evol 2021 05 22;5(5):616-624. Epub 2021 Mar 22.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The hominin fossil record of Island Southeast Asia (ISEA) indicates that at least two endemic 'super-archaic' species-Homo luzonensis and H. floresiensis-were present around the time anatomically modern humans arrived in the region >50,000 years ago. Intriguingly, contemporary human populations across ISEA carry distinct genomic traces of ancient interbreeding events with Denisovans-a separate hominin lineage that currently lacks a fossil record in ISEA. Read More
Evol Anthropol 2021 Jan 2;30(1):8-16. Epub 2021 Feb 2.
Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Niche construction theory (NCT) has emerged as a promising theoretical tool for interpreting zooarchaeological material. However, its juxtaposition against more established frameworks like optimal foraging theory (OFT) has raised important criticism around the testability of NCT for interpreting hominin foraging behavior. Here, we present an optimization foraging model with NCT features designed to consider the destructive realities of the archaeological record after providing a brief review of OFT and NCT. Read More
J Hum Evol 2020 12 1;149:102899. Epub 2020 Nov 1.
University of Missouri, Department of Anthropology, 112 Swallow Hall, Columbia, MO, 65203, USA. Electronic address:
Island dwarfing is a paraphyletic adaptation across numerous mammalian genera. From mammoths to foxes, extreme body size reduction is shared by diverse organisms that migrate to an island environment. Because it largely occurs owing to ecological variables, not phylogenetic ones, skeletal characters in a dwarfed taxon compared with its ancestor may appear abnormal. Read More
Evol Anthropol 2021 Mar 7;30(2):122-127. Epub 2020 Sep 7.
Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Instituto de Estudos Avançados, São Paulo, Brazil.
Recent discoveries of stone tools from Jordan (2.5 Ma) and China (2.1 Ma) document hominin presence in Asia at the beginning of the Pleistocene, well before the conventional Dmanisi datum at 1. Read More