Birdie num num: Stone Age people loved it too

Fancy digging your teeth into a meal of pigeon breasts or dishing up guinea fowl legs? Middle Age Stone men and women did too. Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute carefully looked at bones collected in the Sibudu Cave near Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal. Sibudu Cave – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sibudu…

Voëls se ‘oerknal’ in reusestudie bepaal

Die “oerknal van voël-evolusie” en die beste stamboom nóg van die diere wat oor miljoene jare strek, is pas bekend gemaak. Honderde navorsers van 20 lande het vier jaar lank gewerk om die genetiese verhaal van­voëls na te vors, wat in ’n spesiale uitgawe van die vaktydskrif Science gepubliseer is. Hulle het 48 spesies van…

Big picture stuff for paleobiologist: the history of life on Earth in 96 pages

The uninformed reader – and writer – may have picked up Fossils for Africa having expected a sequel to the author’s previous work, Famous Dinosaurs of Africa. You know, more about African dinosaurs. But that would be to hopelessly underestimate the ambitions of author, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, award-winning paleobiologist and professor at the University of Cape…