UNITED STATES Five tribes claiming Kennewick Man as a relative will work to rebury him after the Army Corps of Engineers validated the 9,000-year-old skeleton is Native American. (Seattle Times) Use our map to find the Yakima and Nez Perce cultural groups, who honor Kennewick Man as an ancestor. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Kennewick Man to Receive a Native American Burial
SCIENCE Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest case of decapitation ever found in the New World. The skull belonged to a young man and was buried in Brazil about 9,000 years ago. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to dig deeper into the weird world of anthropology. Discussion Ideas The (very readable!) new scientific paper dates the oldest decapitated skull yet found in the Americas to … Continue reading Oldest Decapitated Head in the New World
SCIENCE Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to our family tree. (Nat Geo News) How might H. naledi change “Hominin History”? Browse our fun GeoStory to find out! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger led the … Continue reading Meet H. Naledi, a Long-Lost Ancestor
SCIENCE Two lower jawbones point to East Africa as the birthplace of our evolutionary lineage. One jaw is a new discovery, while one was discovered by the Leakey family 50 years ago. (Nat Geo News) Read our interviews with Meave and Louise Leakey to understand the evolving life of a paleoanthropologist. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. … Continue reading Scientists Identify Oldest Human Fossil
SCIENCE A zigzag engraving on an ancient mussel’s shell may transform scientific understanding of what has long been considered a defining human capacity: artistic creativity. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to better understand “What Makes Us Human.” Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article quotes one paleoanthropologist as saying the … Continue reading Artistry on the Half-Shell?