The Hobbit Took Our Breath Away: Now it’s the New Normal

It’s been a big year for the early human species Homo floresiensis – aka ‘the Hobbit’ – and the scientists who found it. Way back in 2004 this was the discovery that threatened to rewrite the textbooks and the one that took every anthropologist’s breath away. It was the first early human from the island…

Ancient Australia: World’s First Nation of Innovators

For the first couple of centuries of European occupation of Australia the history of its Indigenous people, as written by white fellas, drew heavily on adjectives like ‘primitive’. As both a white fella and an anthropologist devoting much of my time to writing about human origins, I can only try to imagine the devastating effects…

Need Help With That Delivery? Call The Monkey Midwife!

When I think back to the traumatic birth of my own daughter – and how I would have lost her and my partner if it hadn’t been for some swift medical intervention – I can’t help but wonder how the heck we’ve grown to be so numerous as a species. It’s fascinating to reflect on…

The Hobbit Gets a Little Older, and Science a Little Wiser

When a skeleton of the so-called ‘Hobbit’ – scientific name Homo floresiensis – was unearthed in Indonesia in 2003 it would go on to cause a major furor in anthropological circles like few others before it. More than a decade on, the dust has largely settled on the debate about its status as a legitimate…