How Early Humans Migrated From Africa

Three recently published papers suggest that “modern non-Africans originate from a single out-of-Africa migration.” This is believed because the three studies analyzed genomes from 787 people who come from over 270 populations all over the world—and the similarities across the board mean that there was probably a single exit from Africa. Fascinatingly, it’s believed that our ancestors began splitting up into separate groups some 200,000 …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Celebrating Pride, finding lost cities, how drunk people invented the weekend and more in our look at the web

1. A Colossal Structure Discovered Near Petra, Jordan A previously undocumented structure, hiding in plain sight next to the ruins of Petra, Jordan, has just been uncovered by archaeologists. Using a combination of Google Earth, satellite imagery and drones, the researchers stumbled upon the Olympic pool-sized structure which consists of two rectangular platforms probably lined with columns in ancient times. According to researcher Sarah Parack, …

The Art of Reconstructing an Ancient Human

An ancient human species called Homo naledi made headlines last week after bones were unearthed in an underground cave in South Africa. To visualize what the distant human ancestor may have looked like, paleoartist John Gurche was tasked with reconstructing the homonin based off of clues from its fossils. Comparing himself to a CSI investigator, he takes in every detail—from eye socket width to jawline …