viernes, 22 de noviembre de 2013

Iran - new petroglyphs discovered

Archaeologists in Iran have recently discovered one of the largest panels of petroglyphs in the country.

Located near the highland city of Malayer in the Hamadan Province of Iran, south -west of Tehran, the panel measures roughly 12 metres wide by 2.5 metres high. The engraved depictions, over 100 in number, include animals [such as ibex] and human figures [hunting figures], as well as geometric motifs.

The age of the petroglyphs is unknown, yet currently thought to have been created over a number of different prehistoric phases.

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Neanderthals

The Natural History Museum, London
The hominids are depicted as degenerate and slouching because the first Neanderthal skeleton found happened to be arthritic. 

1. You’re pretty much a Neanderthal. While it’s been more than 5 million years since we parted ways with chimps, it has been only 400,000 since human and Neanderthal lineages split. 

2. If you’re Asian or Caucasian, your ancestors interbred with Neanderthals as recently as 37,000 years ago, when they crossed paths in Europe. 

3. And that sex had benefits. Inherited Neanderthal genes come in alleles that help fight off nasty viruses such as Epstein-Barr — associated with several kinds of cancer, says Stanford University immunologist Laurent Abi-Rached.

Israeli Homo neanderthalensis: 70,000 Years Of Human Occupation?

... We are in Nesher Ramla, Israel, an open-air site located in an interesting geological landscape, which has presented archaeologists with a rather special treasure trove of zooarchaeological and lithic deposits. The karstic landscape in which this site is situated, has numerous depressions characteristic of chemically eroded carbonate rocks. An 8m thick depression at the site revealed a collection of stone tools and animal remains. While the team of scientists say something about the lithics and their accompanying animal remains, the aim of the paper involves the need to firmly date the remains.

Figure 1. Location map, photograph (view from the east) and cross-section of the Nesher Ramla karst depression.
The bottom of the 8m sequence was dated to 170,000 years ago. If you are not well up on your prehistoric Levantine archaeology, that makes Nesher Ramla the oldest Middle Palaeolithic site in this part of the world.[...]

Link 2: Paleoantropología hoy: Nesher Ramla. Nuevo yacimiento musteriense en Israel.  (B&W 2)