Our Uniquely Lopsided Brain

We all know that the human brain is ridiculously large, but how many of us realise that it’s lopsided as well? It turns out that the cockeyed shape of our brains is as important to understanding human evolution as its size is. The brain’s lopsidedness is most evident through our hand preferences. Roughly nine out…

The Hobbit Gets a Little Older, and Science a Little Wiser

When a skeleton of the so-called ‘Hobbit’ – scientific name Homo floresiensis – was unearthed in Indonesia in 2003 it would go on to cause a major furor in anthropological circles like few others before it. More than a decade on, the dust has largely settled on the debate about its status as a legitimate…

Age of Jawbones Mean the Origins of Humans Just Got Older

There’s plenty of excitement this month amid reports that scientists had identified the “dawn of humankind” in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia. With reports this discovery of a jawbone could “rewrite the history of human evolution” you might well imagine, my hyperbole detector became instantly aroused. Putting aside the hype that always accompanies discoveries in…