Geology, Archaeology & Fossils articles

How forensic science can unlock the mysteries of human evolution

How forensic science can unlock the mysteries of human evolution

By Patrick Randolph-Quinney, University of Central Lancashire; Anthony Sinclair, University of Liverpool; Emma Nelson, University of Liverpool, and Jason Hall, University of Liverpool. People are fascinated by the use of forensic science to solve crimes. Any science can be forensic when used in the criminal and civil justice system – biology, genetics and chemistry have

An official welcome to the Anthropocene epoch – but who gets to decide it’s here?

By Noel Castree, University of Wollongong. It’s literally epoch-defining news. A group of experts tasked with considering the question of whether we have officially entered the Anthropocene – the geological age characterised by humans’ influence on the planet – has delivered its answer: yes. The British-led Working Group on the Anthropocene (WGA) told a geology

Plate tectonics: new findings fill out the 50-year-old theory that explains Earth’s landmasses

By Philip Heron, University of Toronto. Fifty years ago, there was a seismic shift away from the longstanding belief that Earth’s continents were permanently stationary. In 1966, J. Tuzo Wilson published Did the Atlantic Close and then Re-Open? in the journal Nature. The Canadian author introduced to the mainstream the idea that continents and oceans

Kennewick Man will be reburied, but quandaries around human remains won’t

By Samuel Redman, University of Massachusetts Amherst. A mysterious set of 9,000-year-old bones, unearthed nearly 20 years ago in Washington, is finally going home. Following bitter disputes, five Native American groups in the Pacific Northwest have come together to facilitate the reburial of an individual they know as “Ancient One.” One of the most complete prehistoric

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