Monday, January 11, 2010

Headlines! Neanderthals

Pigment-stained seashells have been identified as "Neanderthal make-up kits." As usual in this sort of news story it's impossible to tell how other possibilities were eliminated, but that's what journal searches are for. Note that, though modern notions of make-up involve smooth skin and primarily women, the Neanderthal pictured is a singularly hairy man.

Meanwhile, someon analyzed the teeth of a 30,000-year-old homo sapiens child and found interesting resemblances with homo neanderthalensis, showing how evolution keeps right on happening gradually even where we aren't looking for it.

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