April Nowell

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In recent years, there has been a tendency to correlate the origin of modern culture and language with that of anatomically modern humans. Here we discuss this correlation in the light of results provided by our first hand analysis of ancient and recently discovered relevant archaeological and paleontological material from Africa and Europe. We focus in(More)
Tracing the evolution of human culture through time is arguably one of the most controversial and complex scholarly endeavors, and a broad evolutionary analysis of how symbolic, linguistic, and cultural capacities emerged and developed in our species is lacking. Here we present a model that, in broad terms, aims to explain the evolution and portray the(More)
Since the discovery of the Grotte Chauvet (Ardèche, France) in the mid-1990s, there has been a debate regarding the accuracy of assigning this site to the Aurignacian period. The main argument stems from a perceived lack of agreement between the radiocarbon age of the imagery (>32,000 years BP [before present]) and its stylistic complexity and technical(More)
Ayn Abu Nukhayla is a site located in southern Jordan. It was occupied during the transition from the MPPNB to the LPPNB. Excavations in 2000 and 2001 uncovered numerous artifacts made of ground stone, worked bone, ornamental shell, and chipped stone. The chipped stone assemblage, numbering approximately 24,900 specimens, formed the largest part of the(More)
For the past few years, people everywhere have been "going Paleo." Websites and social media touting the benefits of eating a "Paleo diet" and following a "Paleolithic life style" serve as calls to arms for health-conscious individuals seeking information about the latest health and fitness trends. Many of these people participate in programs such as(More)
This paper introduces a method to measure the average shape of handaxes, and characterize deviations from this average shape by taking into account both internal and external information. In the field of Paleolithic archaeology, standardization and symmetry can be two important concepts. For axially symmetrical shapes such as handaxes, it is possible to(More)
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