Diet breadth in the Middle Stone Age: Evolutionarily important?

The Middle Stone Age (MSA, ca. 300,000 to 30,000 years ago), is a crucial period in terms of the emergence of our species. During this period anatomically Modern Humans evolved and spread out of Africa. A recent study published in Current Anthropology (free access) provides a new perspective on this phenomenon through an investigation of subsistence practices…

An Unshakable Middle Palaeolithic?

Mary Stiner has just published a review paper in Current Anthropology about variation in the Middle Palaeolithic and whether the period can still be viewed as one of stasis. The review mainly deals with the zooarchaeological evidence from around the Mediterranean basin though does draw in broader comparisons with the wider European Middle Palaeolithic and…