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2020 Media Coverage


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NASA Science Live: Lucy in the Sky with Asteroids
NASA
12.03.2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRS1vq7WGiU&list=PLSD3Gw5UYKwFsVULeQKMUTcOuibDGAzR2

Ancient people relied on coastal environments to survive the Last Glacial Maximum
Science Daily
11.23.2020
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201123173450.htm

Scientists find evidence of ancient Denisovans on Tibetan Plateau
KJZZ.org
11.09.2020
https://kjzz.org/content/1633702/scientists-find-evidence-ancient-denisovans-tibetan-plateau
Charles Perreault interviewed

DNA track mysterious Denisovans to Chinese cave, just before modern humans showed up
Science Magazine—YouTube
10.29.2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHmakdOYdbo&feature=emb_logo
Charles Perreault research

Scientists find proof early humans could control fire temperature in tempering tools
NPR All Things Considered
10.06.2020
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/06/920859196/scientists-find-proof-early-humans-could-control-fire-temperature-in-tempering-t
New Hampshire Public Radio https://www.nhpr.org/post/scientists-find-proof-early-humans-could-control-fire-temperature-tempering-tools#stream/0
Marean interviewed 

Erich Fisher, Waterfall Bluff
South Africa Archaeological Society Talks
09.08.2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgO06Nopy2A&feature=youtu.be
https://www.archaeology.org.za/events/coastal-occupation-and-foraging-during-last-glacial-maximum-and-early-holocene-waterfall#bht.833b8d9c-5681-46ee-b4b6-a0abdd9e6f47.7

Lunch Break Science #8/Anne Stone
The Leakey Foundation
08.2020
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1MnxndrERnNGO

Anthropologists study history of disease through teeth examination
KJZZ.org
07.28.2020
https://kjzz.org/content/1604912/anthropologists-study-history-disease-through-teeth-examination
Anne Stone research cited

Before Us
YouTube
07.01.2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7myzO1gWwHE
Series about Erich Fisher South Africa P5 research

Lucy Mission
Lucy.swri.edu
http://lucy.swri.edu/ 

Age of Humans: Pandemic
YouTube
03.23.2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2IEdy6bcZ4&feature=youtu.be

Curtis Marean interview
The Dissenter
04.17.2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyxt6rWesSg&feature=youtu.be

Ancient ancestors had slow-growing but apelike brains
KJZZ.org
04.01.2020
https://kjzz.org/content/1512576/ancient-ancestors-had-slow-growing-apelike-brains
https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1512576/ancient-ancestors-had-slow-growing-apelike-brains
Radio interview with Bill Kimbel 

Expedition Unknown: Revealing Our Ancient Ancestors
Discovery Channel
02.20.2020
https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/expedition-unknown/full-episodes/revealing-our-ancient-ancestors

 


ASU News

Study: Ancient people relied on coastal environments to survive Last Glacial Maximum
11.23.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20201123-study-ancient-people-relied-coastal-environments-survive-last-glacial-maximum

Newly discovered fossil highlights importance of shifting environmental conditions for human evolution
11.09.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20201109-newly-discovered-fossil-highlights-importance-shifting-environmental-conditions-human

New Denisovan DNA expands diversity, history of species
10.29.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20201029-global-engagement-new-denisovan-dna-expands-diversity-history-species

A few good friends
10.22.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20201022-few-good-friends

Contest to spur students’ understanding of human exploration, discovery
10.16.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20201016-contest-spur-students%E2%80%99-understanding-human-exploration-discovery

National Fossil Day celebrates the curiosities beneath our feet
10.14.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20201014-discoveries-national-fossil-day-celebrates-curiosities-beneath-our-feet

Newly discovered leprosy genomes help fill historic gaps
10.12.2020
https://iho.asu.edu/news/newly-discovered-leprosy-genomes-help-fill-historic-gaps

Chimpanzee ‘bros’ hang out as friends, but most social ties remain a mystery
09.10.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200910-chimpanzee-%E2%80%98bros%E2%80%99-hang-out-friends-most-social-ties-remain-mystery

New fossil ape discovered in India
09.08.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200908-new-fossil-ape-discovered-india 

Measuring a lifespan of learning
06.24.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200624-measuring-lifespan-learning 

A lost world and extinct ecosystem
05.15.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200515-lost-world-and-extinct-ecosystem

Chimpanzee research helped anthropology ‘click’ for ASU
04.30.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200430-chimpanzee-research-helped-anthropology-click-asu-graduate

A universal human psychological response
04.22.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200422-universal-human-response 

When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth
04.02.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200402-when-three-species-human-ancestor-walked-earth 

Skull scans reveal evolutionary secrets of fossil brains
04.01.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200401-discoveries-skull-scans-reveal-evolutionary-secrets-fossil-brains 

ASU researcher leads viewers into ‘Expedition Unknown’
02.25.2020
https://iho.asu.edu/news/asu-researcher-leads-viewers-expedition-unknown 

Regents Professor Joan Silk earns alpha status
02.07.2020
https://iho.asu.edu/news/regents-professor-joan-silk-earns-alpha-status

Is human cooperativity an outcome of competition between cultural groups?
02.04.2020
https://iho.asu.edu/news/human-cooperativity-outcome-competition-between-cultural-groups 

ASU ancient DNA lab reveals secrets in chimpanzee teeth
01.17.2020
https://asunow.asu.edu/20200117-asu-ancient-dna-lab-reveals-secrets-chimpanzee-teeth 

 


External Media Coverage

Archaeologist Curtis Marean on the role of cooperation in our success as a species
The Lovepost
12.03.2020
https://www.thelovepost.global/decolonise-your-mind/articles/archaeologist-curtis-marean-role-cooperation-our-success-species 

Newly discovered fossil documents small-scale evolutionary changes in an extinct human species
Washington University in St. Louis 
11.09.2020
https://source.wustl.edu/?p=422801&preview=1&_ppp=b618d26c0f 

Denisovan mitochondrial DNA found in Tibetan Cave
Sci-News.com
11.02.2020
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/denisovan-mitochondrial-dna-baishiya-karst-cave-09010.html 

Denisovan DNA found in cave on Tibetan Plateau
Science Magazine 
10.30.2020
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6516/512

The first Denisovan DNA outside Siberia unveils a long stint on the roof of the world
Science News 
10.29.2020
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-denisovan-dna-outside-siberia-found-tibetan-plateau-cave 

New Denisovan DNA expands diversity, history of species
QNews Hub
10.29.2020
https://qnewshub.com/science/new-denisovan-dna-expands-diversity-history-of-species/ 

Ramnagar The sites of rare specimens
Daily Excelsior
10.25.2020
https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/ramnagar-the-site-of-rare-specimens/

Old is gold: Like humnans, ageing chimps prioritise important friendships
Today Online.com
10.24.2020
https://www.todayonline.com/world/old-gold-humans-aging-chimps-prioritise-important-friendships 

Chimpanzees, like humans, focus on quality friendships in old age
10.23.2020
Science Alert
https://www.sciencealert.com/just-like-humans-chimps-focus-on-close-positive-friendships-in-old-age
Al Khaleej Today
https://alkhaleejtoday.co/entertainment/5176054/Chimpanzees-like-humans-focus-on-quality-friendships-in-old-age.html

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona
KJZZ
10.16.2020
https://kjzz.org/content/1627484/researchers-discover-fossils-new-species-arizona

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona
Associated Press
10.15.2020
https://apnews.com/article/arizona-animals-forests-parks-national-parks-8a68960828fe07799664aa65fcb197f1 

NASA invites students to join Lucy Mission in Space contest
NASA.gov
10.16.2020
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-invites-students-to-join-lucy-mission-in-space-contest

A lost haven for early modern humans
EOS
10.14.2020
https://eos.org/features/a-lost-haven-for-early-modern-humans
Feature by Kerstin Braun

Newly found viruses suggest rubella originated in animals
Science 
10.09.2020
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6513/157.full

Oldest monkey fossils outside of Africa found
Penn State News
10.07.2020
https://news.psu.edu/story/634645/2020/10/07/research/oldest-monkey-fossils-outside-africa-found

Newly discovered viruses suggest ‘German measles’ jumped from animals to humans
Science 
10.07.2020
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/newly-discovered-viruses-suggest-rubella-jumped-animals-humans
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6513/157

When colorblind parenting meets anti-racism
Sapiens.org
09.25.2020
https://www.sapiens.org/biology/colorblind-parenting/
Feature by IHO International Affiliate Zereseny Alemseged

Chimpanzees show greater behavioral and cultural diversity in more variable environments
Science Daily
09.15.2020
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200915121318.htm

13-million-year-old fossil ape discovered in Jammu & Kashmir’s Udhampur
The Times of India
09.10.2020
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/13-million-year-old-fossil-ape-discovered-in-jammu-kashmirs-udhampur/articleshow/78040721.cms 

13-million-year-old fossil ape discovered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur
Hindustan Times
09.10.2020
https://www.hindustantimes.com/it-s-viral/13-million-year-old-fossil-of-newly-discovered-ape-species-unearthed-in-jammu-and-kashmir/story-pIpic7AH5DCqC8iEtk2WDN.html 

13-million-year-old gibbon ancestor discovered in India
Sci-News
09.09.2020
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/kapi-ramnagarensis-08831.html

A stray molar is the oldest known fossil from an ancient gibbon
Science News
09.08.2020
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-primates-apes-gibbon-tooth

Uncovering our ancient past
The American Surveyor
05.23.2020
https://amerisurv.com/2020/05/23/uncovering-out-ancient-past/ 

Lost world and extinct ecosystem in South Africa revealed in new research
Fox News.com
05.15.2020
https://www.foxnews.com/science/south-africa-lost-world-extinct-ecosystem 

Lost world in South Africa revealed in new research
New York Post
05.18.2020
https://nypost.com/2020/05/18/lost-world-in-south-africa-revealed-in-new-research/ 

A lost world and extinct ecosystem
Phys.org
05.14.2020
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-lost-world-extinct-ecosystem.html 

‘Not along’: 3 different human ancestors may have lived together in South Africa 2 million years ago
Genetic Literacy Project
04.29.2020
https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/04/29/not-alone-3-different-human-ancestors-lived-together-in-south-africa-2-million-years-ago-findings-suggest/

When 3 species of our ancestor roamed the Earth
The Free Press Journal
04.04.2020
https://www.freepressjournal.in/science/when-3-species-of-our-ancestor-roamed-the-earth 

Human ancestor Homo erectus found to have existed earlier than previously believed
HindustanTimes.com
04.04.2020
https://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/human-ancestor-homo-erectus-found-to-have-existed-earlier-than-previously-believed/story-s8zSKWT3JOhvBK2EWGWwEL.html 

All who wander are not lost
Science
04.03.2020
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6486/34 

When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth
Science Blog.com
04.03.2020
https://scienceblog.com/515194/when-three-species-of-human-ancestor-walked-the-earth/

Skull fossils in cave show mix of human relatives roamed South Africa
New York Times
04.02.2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/science/skulls-africa-caves.html

When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth
Heritage Daily.com
04.02.2020
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/when-three-species-of-human-ancestor-walked-the-earth/127172

Researchers find apelike brain in human ancestor
Florida State Univesity News
04.01.2020
https://news.fsu.edu/news/2020/04/01/researchers-find-apelike-brain-in-human-ancestor/ 

Skull scans reveal evolutionary secrets of fossil brains
Phys.org
04.01.2020
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-skull-scans-reveal-evolutionary-secrets.html

Non IHO-noted coverage (Lucy mentioned)

Baby steps: This ancient skull is helping us trace the path that led to modern childhood
The Conversation
04.10.2020
https://theconversation.com/baby-steps-this-ancient-skull-is-helping-us-trace-the-path-that-led-to-modern-childhood-130535

More clues to the story of our past
CosmosMagazine.com
04.02.2020
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/more-clues-to-the-story-of-our-past 

Lucy’s brain was part ape, part human
Gizmodo.com
04.01.2020
https://gizmodo.com/lucys-brain-was-part-ape-part-human-1842617947

‘Lucy’s baby’ suggests famed human ancestor had a primitive brain
Science
04.01.2020
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/lucy-s-baby-suggests-famed-human-ancestor-had-primitive-brain#
YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oswl1N1uLZU (shows a photo of Don)

Lucy’s species heralded the rise of long childhoods in hominids
Science News
04.01.2020
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lucy-species-brain-skull-heralded-rise-long-childhoods-hominids 

Big-brained ancient ape was in no hurry to grow up
The Times (subscription needed to real full article)
04.02.2020
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/big-brained-ancient-ape-was-in-no-hurry-to-grow-up-zj7hx99z9

Ancient human relative Lucy’s brain was surprisingly ape-like
UPI.com
04.01.2020
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/04/01/Ancient-human-relative-Lucys-brain-was-surprisingly-ape-like/3981585757321/?rc_fifo=1

Is human cooperativity an outcome of competition between cultural groups?
Phys.org
02.04.2020
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-human-cooperativity-outcome-competition-cultural.html

 


Noted and Quoted

Scientists baffled after leprosy found in chimps for the first time ever
New York Post
11.13.2020
https://nypost.com/2020/11/13/scientists-baffled-after-leprosy-found-in-chimpanzees-for-first-time/
Anne Stone quoted 

Ardi and her discoverers shake up hominid evolution in ‘Fossil Men’
Science News 
11.08.2020
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fossil-men-book-ardi-kermit-pattison-hominid-evolution
Johanson and Lucy discovery noted

Prehistoric female hunter discovery upends gender role assumptions
National Geographic
11.04.2020
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/11/prehistoric-female-hunter-discovery-upends-gender-role-assumptions/#close
Kim Hill quoted 

Study: Older chimpanzees, like humans, favor a few close friends
Axios
10.22.2020
https://www.axios.com/chimpanzees-friends-951505cc-adb5-4ca0-bf5f-3673f407d13e.html
Gilby quoted 

Like humans, male chimps mellow with age
Science
10.22.2020
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/humans-male-chimps-mellow-age
Gilby quoted 

No grumpy old men in the world of chimps
New York Times
10.22.2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/science/aging-chimps-friendship.html
Gilby quoted 

Construction near Tempe campus moving forward despite pandemic
State Press
10.01.2020
https://www.statepress.com/article/2020/10/spcommunity-fall-2020-constru... 

NASA smooths the way for ‘Lucy’ robot to explore time capsules from the birth of our solar system
Forbes
08.11.2020
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/08/11/nasa-smoothes-the-way-for-lucy-robot-to-explore-time-capsules-from-the-birth-of-our-solar-system/#6b63189c3827 

NASA is about to study some awfully old asteroids
Popular Mechanics
08.06.2020
https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a33523940/nasa-lucy-trojan-asteroids/ 

44: Keeper of the Ancestors
Origin Stories—Leakey Foundation Podcast
08.012020
https://overcast.fm/+TYnAHbwwA
About “Lucy” fossil at the National Museum of Ethiopia 

UNM professor on team studying Neandertal remains
University of New Mexico
07.27.2020
http://news.unm.edu/news/unm-professor-on-team-studying-neandertal-remains
Bill Kimbel mention

Who helps out in a crisis?
New York Times
07.14.2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/us/women-men-pandemic-disasters-help.html
Joan Silk quoted 

Why some people can’t resist crowds despite the pandemic
National Geographic.com
06.24.2020
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/06/why-people-cannot-resist-crowds-socializing-despite-the-coronavirus-pandemic-cvd/#close
Joan Silk and Bailey House research noted 

Indiana Bones, the Melbourne archaeology students and the fossil ‘jigsaw puzzle’ that wowed the world
The Sydney Morning Herald
06.20.20
https://www.smh.com.au/national/indiana-bones-the-melbourne-archaeology-students-and-the-fossil-jigsaw-puzzle-that-wowed-the-world-20200514-p54t22.html
Bill Kimbel quoted on Drimolen skull (Gary Schwartz is also part of the research team) 

3 Africans in Mexico City grave tell stories of slavery’s toll
New York Times
05.01.2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/science/africans-slavery-mexico-grave.html
Anne Stone quoted 

Three men were buried in Mexico 500 years ago. DNA and bones reveal their stories of enslavement
Science
04.30.2020
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/three-men-were-buried-mexico-500-years-ago-dna-and-bones-reveal-their-stories?rss=1
Anne Stone quoted

What did our ancestors die of?
Psychology Today
03.24.2020
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/sex-murder-and-the-meaning-life/202003/what-did-our-ancestors-die
Kim Hill research noted 

Forget ‘affiliative bonds.’ Animals have friends just like we do
New York Times
01.28.2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/books/review/friendship-lydia-denworth.html
Joan Silk research noted 

What happens when we’re too old to be ‘useful’?
BBC.com
01.22.2020
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50673645
Kim Hill research noted

Pop culture may evolve at the same rate as birds and bugs
Wired
01.20.2020
https://www.wired.com/story/pop-culture-may-evolve-at-the-same-rate-as-birds-and-bugs/
Charles Perreault research noted