If you have been following my posts you have probably realized though concerned with the evolution of hominids my primary focus is on the origins of Homo sapiens. When did the current human form become distinguishable from its ancestors and related species? What specific features can we find that separate us from these closely related species?
Two apparent “tool-kits” – which were found to be made of shells rich in ochre – were discovered in Cape Town, South Africa this month. The artifacts are estimated at 100,000 years old. Scientists have gathered that the ochre kits could have been used for decorating the bodies or clothing of the users. They could have also been used for painting or skin protection (Science Daily).
As a student of biology, I have looked at the origin of humans through a genetic lens but haven’t delved specifically into the paleontology of the issue. My future posts will focus on my path to decipher the paleontological record of our earliest ancestors and how they spread across the globe.
I found a great interactive site provided by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.