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Discovery of jaw by IHO team sheds light on early Homo

A fossil lower jaw found in the Ledi-Geraru research area, Afar Regional State, Ethiopia, pushes back evidence for the human genus—Homo—to 2.8 million years ago, according to a pair of reports published March 4 in the online version of the journal Science. The jaw predates the previously known fossils of the Homo lineage by approximately 400,000 years. It was discovered in 2013 by an international team led by Arizona State University scientists Kaye E. Reed, Christopher J. Campisano, and J Ramón Arrowsmith, and Brian A. Villmoare of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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2015 News Coverage

ASU News (top)

Itching to know the number of cells in your body? Ask a Biologist
11.17.2015
https://asunow.asu.edu/20151117-creativity-itching-know-number-cells-your-body-ask-biologist

Chaos or collaboration?
10.28.2015
https://asunow.asu.edu/20151028-chaos-or-collaboration 

Being human: ASU study looks at how we began to make it
09.24.2015
https://asunow.asu.edu/content/being-human-asu-study-looks-how-we-began-make-it

Chimp field research unglamorous but worth it for grad student
09.08.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150908-chimpanzee-field-research-bray

President Obama meets “Lucy”
07.28.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150728-Obama-meets-Lucy 

How we were raised, not physical environment, explains human behavior
06.16.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150616-cultural-history-human-behavior

Controlled contact key to protecting isolated tribes
06.10.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150610-isolated-tribes-science-magazine

Study of primate social behavior brings ASU anthropologist major honor
04.24.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150424-joan-silk-aaas

ASU anthropologist explores warfare as a form of cooperation
04.22.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150422-sarah-mathew-carnegie-fellow

Anthropologist to visit Tempe Center for the Arts to discuss discovery of first human, Lucy
02.11.2015
http://www.statepress.com/2015/02/11/anthropologist-to-visit-tempe-center-for-the-arts-to-discuss-discovery-of-first-human-lucy/

Discoverer of “Lucy” to speak in Tempe to mark 40th anniversary
01.16.2015
https://asunews.asu.edu/20150116-johanson-lecture

External Media (top

California Academy of Sciences welcomes new Fellows, bestows annual awards
California Academy of Sciences
10.07.2015
http://www.calacademy.org/press/releases/california-academy-of-sciences-welcomes-new-fellows-bestows-annual-awards-0

Experiment shows role cumulative culture played in human evolution
Laboratory Equipment.com
09.25.2015
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/09/experiment-shows-role-cumulative-culture-played-human-evolution

Humans aren’t so special after all: The fuzzy evolutionary boundaries ofHomo sapiens
Ars Technica UK
09.08.2015
http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2015/09/humans-arent-so-special-after-all-the-fuzzy-evolutionary-boundaries-of-homo-sapiens/

XSEDE resources fuel investigation of model human origins
HPCWire.com
08.20.2015
http://www.hpcwire.com/2015/08/20/xsede-resources-fuel-investigation-of-model-human-origins/

How Homo sapiens became the ultimate invasive species
Scientific American
08.2015
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-homo-sapiens-became-the-ultimate-invasive-species/ 

Grantee Spotlight: Halszka Glowacka
The Leakey Foundation
07.02.2015
http://www.leakeyfoundation.org/blog/2015grantee-spotlight-halszka-glowacka

Lucy: A marvelous specimen
Scitable: Nature Education Knowledge Project
07.2015
http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/lucy-a-marvelous-specimen-135716086

Grantee Spotlight: Thierra Nalley
The Leakey Foundation
06.26.2015
http://www.leakeyfoundation.org/blog/2015grantee-spotlight-thierra-nalley

We need to make contact with isolated Amazon tribes, say academics
The Independent
06.23.2015
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/we-need-to-make-contact-with-isolated-amazon-tribes-say-academics-10334163.html

Launch of NMMU’s Centre for African Palaeoscience
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
06.22.2015
http://news.nmmu.ac.za/News/Launch-of-NMMU%E2%80%99s-Centre-for-African-Palaeoscience

NMMU to get new palaeoscience centre
The Herald Report (via Pressreader)
06.23.2015
http://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/the-herald-south-africa/20150623/281702613356363/TextView

Two scientists say we should contact “untouched” tribes of the Amazon, instead of banishing them
News Everyday
06.22.2015
http://www.newseveryday.com/articles/19908/20150622/two-scientists-contact-untouched-tribes-amazon-instead-banishing.htm

World's oldest stone tools discovered in Kenya
Science
04.14.2015
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/04/world-s-oldest-stone-tools-discov...

The Brine Revolution: Did lowly shellfish change the world? 
Hakai Magazine (online)
04.22.2015
http://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-long/brine-revolution

NBC 15 talks with man behind historic find (article and video)
NBC15.com-Madison, WI
03.03.2015
http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/NBC-15-talks-with-man-behind-historic-find-294944841.html

Noted + Quoted (top)

Indigenous organizations reject calls to forcibly contact uncontacted tribes
Survival International.org
09.21.2015
http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/10909
(Kim Hill noted) 

Lessons from a ‘new American university’
The Guardian.com
http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2015/oct/21/lessons-from-a-new-american-university
(SHESC and President Crow book discussed) 

Scientists discover possible new species in South Africa
KTAR (Phoenix)
09.11.2015
http://ktar.com/story/624016/asu-professor-scientists-discover-possible-new-human-species-in-south-africa/
(Kaye Reed interview) 

New human species discovered
Science magazine
09.10.2015
http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2015/09/new-human-species-discovered
(Marean quoted) 

This face changes the human story. But how?
National Geographic
09.10.2015
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150910-human-evolution-change/
(Kimbel and LD-350 jaw noted) 

Leventhal remembered for generosity
Daily Trojan
08.25.2015
http://dailytrojan.com/2015/08/25/leventhal-remembered-for-generosity/
(Elaine Leventhal memoriam) 

UA, ASU ranked among world’s top research universities
Arizona Republic
08.15.2014
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2015/08/15/ua-asu-ranked-among-worlds-top-research-universities/31768707/
(jawbone discovery mentioned) 

Wet hot African summer
The Daily Show
07.28.2015
http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/auc99x/wet-hot-african-summer 

Obama meets Lucy, an ancient ‘ancestor,’ attends Ethiopia state dinner (video)
Mashable (better video coverage)
07.27.2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8tQRfTWbF4
Reuters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNhWMZSZfc4 

Obama meets Lucy, the ‘grandmother of humanity,’ during Ethiopia visit
The Guardian
07.27.2015
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/27/obama-ethiopia-lucy-fossil

With Lucy, Obama sees new meaning in family visit to Africa
Bloomberg News
07.27.2015
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-27/with-lucy-obama-sees-new-meaning-in-family-visit-to-africa 

Obama visits ancient, 3.2-million-year-old skeleton Lucy during trip to Ethiopia
New York Daily News
07.27.2015
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-visits-ancient-skeleton-lucy-trip-ethiopia-article-1.2305913 

Obama visits historic ‘Lucy’ in Ethiopia
The Hill
07.27.2015
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/249304-obama-visits-historic-lucy-in-ethiopia 

Obama meets ‘Lucy,’ mankind’s fossilized ancestor
Washington Times
07.27.2015
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/27/obama-meets-lucy-mankinds-fossilized-ancestor/

White House Notebook: Barack, meet Lucy. Lucy, meet Barack
US News & World Report
07.27.2015
http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/07/27/white-house-notebook-lions-on-the-white-house-lawn-or-not 

In Ethiopia, both Obama and ancient fossils get a motorcade
The Washington Post
07.27.2015
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/07/27/in-ethio...

Anthropologists to visit remote Amazon tribe
The Boston Globe
07.24.2015
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2015/07/23/anthropologists-will-make-contact-with-remote-tribe-amazon/JrTWlDX500c8lGnWaFMgjN/story.html 

Scientists unearth new species of human ancestor in Ethiopia (Kimbel quoted)
The Independent (UK)
05.28.2015
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/scientists-unearth-new-species-of-human-ancestor-in-ethiopia-10280495.html 

New human ancestor was Lucy’s cousin and neighbor (Kimbel quoted)
Science magazine
05.27.2015
http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2015/05/new-human-ancestor-was-lucy-s-cousin-and-neighbor?rss=1 

Stone tools dating back more than three million years old discovered in Kenya (Johanson quoted)
Catholic Online
05.21.2015
http://www.catholic.org/news/international/africa/story.php?id=60647 

Oldest stone tools go back 3.3 million years, predating our species (Johanson quoted)
NBC News
05.20.2105
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/scientists-say-oldest-stone-tools-go-back-3-3-million-n362036 

Scientists unearth earliest-known stone tools, 3.3 million years old (Kimbel quoted)
Los Angeles Times
05.20.2015
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-earliest-stone-tools-20150520-story.html

Stone tools found in Kenya are the oldest ever discovered (Kimbel quoted)
The Verge
05.20.2015
http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/20/8628487/oldest-stone-tools-predate-homo-genus  

Wrong turn leads to discovery of oldest stone tools (Marean quoted)
National Geographic
05.20.2015
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150520-oldest-stone-tools-discovery-harmand-archaeology/ 

What made us stronger? (Marean research)
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center—The Blog
05.2015
http://www.psc.edu/index.php/news-and-media/blog/111-quick-science/1954-what-made-us-stronger 

Did sexual equality fuel the evolution of human cooperation? (Hill quoted)
Science Magazine
05.14.2015
http://news.sciencemag.org/evolution/2015/05/did-sexual-equality-fuel-evolution-human-cooperation

Interactive Media (top)

A team of anthropologists is probing the early life of the Pondoland people
SABC Digital News (via YouTube)
11.02.2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b4I5Btz5DY 

Pondoland Research-Erich Fisher Oct 2015
10.19.2015
https://vimeo.com/142407612 (password ASUIHO2015) 

Tweets from ASU IHO Human Uniqueness Workshop (10/02/2015)
10.02.2015
https://storify.com/mitoPR/iho-human-uniqueness 

Human Origins: ASU edX Course by Dr. Donald Johanson
09.2015
https://www.edx.org/course/human-origins-asux-asm246-credit-eligible 

How humans took over the world
KERA Dallas Public Radio
08.06.2015
http://www.kera.org/2015/08/06/how-humans-took-over-the-world/ 

Curtis Marean—Heritage Mossel Bay June 2015
YouTube
06.30.2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FYK61gDHHA&feature=youtu.be 

Discovery of jaw sheds light on early human ancestor
Science 360
04.03.2015
http://news.science360.gov/archives/20150403

Michael Feldman’s Whad ‘Ya Know?
02.13.2015
http://www.notmuch.com/wyk/february-13-2015-chandler-center-arts-chandler-az
(Johanson interview; Krauss interview)

Paleoanthropologist Remembers “Lucy,” His Famous Fossil Discovery
KJZZ The Show
02.12.2015
http://theshow.kjzz.org/content/101486/paleoanthropologist-don-johanson-remembers-lucy-his-famous-fossil-discovery

Looking back at Lucy: Ancient bones still carry powerful message
Voice of America
02.10.2015
http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2636038.html

Talk Nerdy to Me
Podcast with Cara Santa Maria 
02.01.2015
http://carasantamaria.com/podcast/donald-johanson