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Fossil suggests Homo erectus was walking 200,000 years earlier than thought

Fossil suggests Homo erectus was walking 200,000 years earlier than thought

Science
April 3 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have unearthed the oldest fossil belonging to the hominin species Homo erectus. The 2 million-year-old fossil skull, excavated over a five-year period in South Africa, suggests the early human relative emerged between 100,000 and 200,000 years earlier than previously thought. Scientists described the discovery in a new paper published this week in the journal Science. "The Homo erectus skull we found, likely aged between 2 and 3 years old when it died, shows its brain was only slightly smaller than other examples of adult Homo erectus," lead study author Andy Herries, research professor and head o the the archaeology and history department at the La Trobe University in Australia, said in a news release. Using high-resolution dating methods, scientists co...
Coogan and Brydon thought The Trip was a ‘stupid, self-indulgent idea’

Coogan and Brydon thought The Trip was a ‘stupid, self-indulgent idea’

Entertainment
Steve Coogan has told Sky News film and TV podcast Backstage that he and Rob Brydon thought The Trip was "a stupid idea" when it was first suggested to them.A mash-up of travel documentary and comedy drama, the sitcom sees the pair eating and drinking their way around Europe while making fun of one another and doing impressions of other stars. Image: It’s not always clear where the actors end and the characters begin After enjoying critical acclaim, it will return for its final series, set in Greece, next week.Coogan admits he initially said no when director Michael Winterbottom suggested the idea.He said: "Michael wanted us to do it, kept begging us to do it, Rob and I didn't want to do it.
Trans-Eurasian crop exchange began 3,000 years earlier than thought

Trans-Eurasian crop exchange began 3,000 years earlier than thought

Science
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Agricultural crops were traded between European and Asian populations 3,000 years earlier than thought, a scientific study published this week indicates. A cave excavation by Chinese scientists in the eastern Altai Mountains -- which border China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia -- yielded cereal grains radiocarbon-dated to be 5,200 years old. The samples are the oldest recorded examples of wheat and barley farming ever recorded in that area of Asia, and move the dates for early farming in the region backward by at least 1,000 years. The discovery also reinforces the theory that Asian and European cross-development of agriculture and technology long predates the Silk Road network of trade routes, which began around the 2nd century. The early exchanges played a crucial ro...
Deepwater Horizon oil spill was bigger than previously thought, study finds

Deepwater Horizon oil spill was bigger than previously thought, study finds

Science
Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spread well beyond the spill footprint established by satellites, according to new analysis by scientists at the University of Miami. To determine the true size of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers supplied oil-transport models with water sampling results and remote sensing data. The simulations confirmed that a portion of the oil spilled in the wake of the deadly explosion remained invisible to satellites, but proved toxic to marine wildlife. "We found that there was a substantial fraction of oil invisible to satellites and aerial imaging," Igal Berenshtein, lead author of the new study and a postdoctoral researcher at Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said in a news release. "The spill w...
Homo erectus: Ancient humans survived longer than we thought

Homo erectus: Ancient humans survived longer than we thought

Science
An ancient relative of modern humans survived into comparatively recent times in South-East Asia, a new study has revealed.Homo erectus evolved around two million years ago, and was the first known human species to walk fully upright.New dating evidence shows that it survived until just over 100,000 years ago on the Indonesian island of Java - long after it had vanished elsewhere.This means it was still around when our own species was walking the Earth.Details of the result are described in the journal Nature.In the 1930s, 12 Homo erectus skull caps and two lower leg bones were found in a bone bed 20m above the Solo River at Ngandong in central Java. In subsequent decades, researchers have attempted to date the fossils. But this ...