A Toast to Darwin’s Origin & Lucy’s Discovery

November 24th is my favorite day of the year. Not because ski season has officially begun (though that is great), but because a couple of pretty incredible events occurred on this day in history. On November 24th, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published AND our favorite human ancestor, Lucy, was discovered! Both moments,…

Deyiremeda: What’s Interesting & What’s Questionable

“The middle Pliocene gets crowded.” New fossils have recently been announced that were found in East Africa by a team of scientists led by Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. According to Haile-Selassie,  these fossil fragments constitute a new species of hominin! The creature has been named Australopithecus deyiremeda, combining the word deyi, meaning close, with remeda, meaning relative in…