Mundo Neandertal: final dating for Australopithecus sediba[es] - who could be our direct ancestor has been dated as precisely as 1.977 ± 0.002 million years ago (that's very precise!) - see also the paper at Science magazine (ppv).
Pileta de Prehistoria: Smile from 2m years ago: Revealed, the face of the 'missing link' between ape and man (reconstruction of A. sediba's smiling face, below).
Human tooth dated to 450,000 years ago found in a Moroccan cave[es] - ABC, the PDF report[fr] also documents remains of a rhinoceros and another more complete H. erectus jaw.
|This jaw was found in the same site in 2008 and has a similar date|
Update on the above: an academic narrative proposes that these H. erectus senso lato (or H. ergaster) of Morocco might be a last common ancestor between Neanderthals and our species, originating both. Quite controversially, on the same grounds they propose population continuity from these remains up to Aterian culture. The specific evidence is not there that I can see but it's always interesting to know that such opinion exists. ··> PDF (scroll down for English text), another decades-old ref. in French only by L. Balout.
The Archaeology News Network: Neanderthal men were first inhabitants of Ionian islands - which were probably joined to land, no big deal.
El Neandertal tonto ¡qué timo!: Backbone curvature and bipedal locomotion in promates[es] - this is big deal instead because it adds to a lot of other anatomical differences between the two big-headed Homo species. See also the paper at AJPA (ppv).
Neanderthals Vanished Because of Their Own Success, Suggests Study | Popular Archaeology - exploring the past - I have read the paper and, honestly, I must disagree with it having any validity other than hypothesis exposition.
|The newly found engraving resembles closely others from the same site|
|Rock art from La Garma cave|
Paleolithic Art in Gorham's Cave (Gibraltar)[es] (M.S. Vallejo et al., PDF).
Wales: The Kendrick’s Cave horse jawbone « The Heritage Journal. It's been holographed and a paper has been published for the occasion.
|The Kendrick's Cave decorated horse jaw|
|The Coa penises: mine is bigger, haw haw!|
- a very interesting looking paper that I hope to be able to read in full and comment soon.
Bones kill myth of happy Harappa - complex story open to interpretation in fact.
Art rocks in Saudi Arabia | Past Horizon - another very interesting material I'd love to mention in a separate entry (date of the art is not know but I'm assuming Neolithic or even more recent from the looks).
IX pedestrian march to Atapuerca archaeological site this Sunday[es] - MÁS Salamanca.es | Periódico Digital de Salamanca.
Archaeological vandalism and other abuses (often institutional abuses)
Pileta de Prehistoria: Cueva del Tesoro: ten years of abandonment[es]. How the Andalusian authorities ignore important archaeological sites and let them decay and be vandalized.
Pileta de Prehistoria: Chamizo asks again for information on the Chalcolithic Center[es]... of Valencina de la Concepción. The town hall promised such actuations in defense of the megalithic patrimony and has totally just ignored their responsibility and public compromises.
Ostraka euskalduna » Eliseo Gil on trial for three years already[eu] - the former director of the Iruña-Veleia Vasco-Roman site has been on trial for three years already, demanding since day one that physical tests be done in order to confirm the authenticity of the findings and with the chartered provincial government totally ignoring the matter in open disobedience to the court (low rank tribunals in Spain never dare to confront political authority).
Iruina: Deputy General demanded to analyze the pieces from Iruña-Veleia[es] - same story different source and language.
PLoS ONE: Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup Background Affects LHON, but Not Suspected LHON, in Chinese Patients - what did I say about English and acronyms abuse? LHON stands for "Leber hereditary optic neuropathy", which is probably as extremely rare as not to matter at all in evolutionary terms.
"False-positive psychology" | john hawks weblog - interesting take on how (not) to deceive yourself when doing scientific research.
¿En qué momento el sexo dejó de funcionar como un medio puramente de reproducción? - Arqueologia, Historia Antigua y Medieval - Terrae Antiqvae (on the "pierced genitals" from Coa).