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09 Mar 2017
Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth. One sick Neanderthal chewed the bark of the poplar tree, which contains a chemical related to aspirin. He may
11 Jan 2017
Prehistoric ancestors creating human hand stencils in caves 40,000 years ago can now be identified as male or female with more than 90% accuracy.
11 Jan 2017
Human bones from a newborn, a child and four adults or teenagers who lived around 40,000 years ago show clear signs of cutting and of fractures to extract the marrow within, archaeologists say.
11 Jan 2017
A new technique, developed at ANSTO's Centre for Accelerator Science, has made it possible to produce some of the first reliable radiocarbon dates for Australian rock art.
24 Dec 2016
Humans living in South Africa in the Middle Stone Age used advanced heating techniques to vastly improve their living conditions during the era.
07 Sep 2016
Members who attended the Western Cape Branch One-day lecture series on Climate Change on 28 August 2016 were interested in reading further on some of the issues, particularly the Milankovitch Cycles that summarise the periodic changes in the position of the Earth in relation to the Sun which affect the build-up or melting of polar ice caps.
07 Sep 2016
The theory of Female Cosmetic Coalitions (FCC) is a new and controversial attempt to explain the evolutionary emergence of art, ritual and symbolic culture in Homo sapiens.
07 Sep 2016
Findings in South Africa show that innovation among early humans was not primarily driven by climate change. Up until now climate change has frequently been considered a primary driver of innovation in the Stone Age in South Africa.
06 Jul 2016
This study suggests that Homo naledi lived more recently than first thought  but the dating method is unusual.
20 May 2016
Why did humans leave Africa in the first place? Their migration could have been sparked by competition, climate change or simply a great hallmark of human nature, curiosity. Over the past 2 million years humans have proven to be a remarkably successful species.