Welcome to the 40th episode of the Science Witch Podcast!
In this episode, Enku and Anjel talk to Anthropology professor and fellow Clan of the Cave Bear enthusiast Leah Walden-Hurtgen about early hominid evolution. In this episode we discuss the distinctions and evidence that supports the idea of how we became human and also talk about the archeological evidence about spiritual beliefs and even cannibalism. Content warning for sexual topics as we do delve into the Clan of the Cave Bear book series. We round off the discussion with a fascinating discussion of what makes us human and how music evolved before our language processing centers in the brain.
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Oldest Stone Tools Go Back 3.3 Million Years, Predating Our Species
Multiple episodes of interbreeding between Neanderthal and modern humans
Clan of the Cave Bear Published May 4 1980
Neanderthals and Homo sapiens had similar auditory and speech capacities
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Svante Pääbo for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution.
In Click Languages, an Echo of the Tongues of the Ancients
The First Language? Genetic and linguistic data indicate—but can’t quite prove—that our ancient ancestors spoke with strange clicking noises
Homo heidelbergensis was Extremely Resourceful, New Research Shows
Cannibalism in early Latin America
Neanderthal family found cannibalised in cave in Spain
Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery – Full Documentary
Homo floresiensis: the real-life ‘hobbit’
There used to be nine species of human. What happened to them?
The Venus of Willendorf and Other Voluptuous Ancient Figures May Have Been ‘Ideological Tools’ to Shape Body-Image Norms
The Story of Music is the Story of Humans
Music: It’s in your head, changing your brain
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
Monica Lewinsky You’re Wrong About
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