New discovery suggests humans are 100,000 years older than previously thought

June 8, 2017 by  
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The surprising discovery of fossilized remains of five early humans in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco has led archeologists to believe that Homo sapiens originated 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. What’s more, the remains — which are estimated to be 300,000 years old — are resettling all former notions of how and where modern humans evolved. Dissatisfied by previous archeological findings in Morocco in the 1960’s, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the National Institute for Archeology and Heritage in Morocco renewed the dig site. The excavation resulted in the discovery of partial skeletal remains of five people — three adults, one adolescent, and one child. Stone tools, animal bones and signs of fire use were also found. The researchers then used thermoluminescence to date the objects, which is how they learned that the objects are between 300,000 and 350,000 years old. Until this discovery, the oldest known samples of H. sapiens were discovered in Ethiopia and dated back 150,000 to 200,000 years. Because there was a lack of evidence showing Neanderthals and “archaic” Homo Sapiens (humans that pre-date H. sapiens) diverged from a common ancestor, scientists figured H. sapiens emerged rather suddenly. The remains that were found, however, now point to the possibility of an early version of H. sapiens who originated in northwest Africa approximately 300,000 years ago. This challenges the “rapid emergence” theory, which is why this discovery is so spectacular. Related: Archaeologists uncover 3,400-year-old Egyptian necropolis Archeologists now assume that after diverging from a common ancestor, a group of archaic H. sapiens spread across Africa , gradually acquiring traits that would come to characterize modern-day humans. These conclusions appear in two separate studies which were published today in the science journal Nature . Scientists describe the fossils and artifacts found at the site in the first paper and analyze and date the stone tools in the second paper . As Gizmodo reports , many groups of humans existed around the same time but it was Homo sapiens who eventually prevailed and spread out across northern Africa between 60,000 to 70,000 years ago. They then continued to migrate into Asia, Australia and North and South America . Though there is still much to discover about where humans originate, a big piece of the puzzle has been solved which will undoubtedly help archeologists learn more in the future. + Nature Via Gizmodo Images via Max Planck Gesellschaft

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The Wide Open Heavens Aren’t So Open After All

June 12, 2014 by  
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Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem . But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it is hard to understand how bad the problem has gotten. To provide you with that visual, the folks over at Orbital Objects have created an interactive globe of space pollution that might just blow your mind – or just make you want to invent a giant space vacuum cleaner. Read the rest of The Wide Open Heavens Aren’t So Open After All Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: inactive satellites , Orbital Objects , Orbital Objects map , Orbital Objects space debris , satellite debris , satellite pollution , space debris , space debris map , space debris pollution , space junk , space junk map , space pollution , space pollution map , tracked space junk

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Open-Source Self-Replicating FoldaRap 3D Printer Prints Objects On the Go

April 15, 2014 by  
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The FoldaRap open-source 3D printer can be folded to fit into your rucksack and prints objects on the go. French designer Emmanuel Gilloz developed the 140x140x140mm device over the course of seven months and has now, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, created new prototypes and beta-testers. Read the rest of Open-Source Self-Replicating FoldaRap 3D Printer Prints Objects On the Go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printers , 3D printing , crowdfunding campaign 3d printer , foldable 3d printer , FoldaRap , FoldaRap 3d printer , green gadgets , open source design , open-source 3d printer , RepRap 3d printer , self-replicating 3d printer , ulele campaign

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Room11 Designs Light-filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

April 15, 2014 by  
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Emerging Objects Plans To 3D-Print Rooms and Entire Buildings

August 9, 2013 by  
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Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

August 9, 2013 by  
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Bucharest-based studio Armarada designed Avis Magica as a conceptual vertical tower that boasts a 120 meter-tall aquarium and energy-generating “feathers,” among many other zany features. An artificial “ecosystem” stacked in a stylized skyscraper, the profusion of nature inside the tower acts as a giant oxygen tank for the city . Read the rest of Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 120 meter tall aquarium , aquarium towers , Ararada Design , Architecture , Avis Magica , DawnTown , Design , design competitions , eco design , energy generating feathers , energy-generating towers , Miami , Miami architecture competition , sustainable design        

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Sang Sik Hong Creates Powerful & Sexy Art by Carefully Arranging Thousands of Straws

December 27, 2011 by  
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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

December 21, 2011 by  
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Born in a Jewish-Arab village in Israel called Wahat-al-Salam , Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting with everyday objects. One of his latest surprising creations is a line of objects called ‘Solskin Peels’ that are made from dried molded orange peels . Solskin means ‘sunshine’ in Danish, and the peels are biodegradable, locally sourced, cheap, water-resistant, and they smell gorgeous. Read the rest of Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , biodegradable objects , biomimicry , fruit containers , green materials , green products , Israeli design , New Materials , orange peels recycling , recycling / compost , Zero energy

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Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

August 23, 2011 by  
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Designed from two very different and contrasting materials, ORIGIN is a two-part pendant lamp made from natural wood and partially recycled Corian® . Its creator is furniture and product designer Gregg Parsell , a recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University in England. Strolling through this year’s New Designers exhibition in London, Inhabitat spotted this contemporary luminaire, which boasts both an eco-friendly origin and a sleek, modern look. Read the rest of Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british design , corian , Decorative Objects , green home decor , green lighting , green materials , hanging lamp , hardwood , London , new designers 2011 , Recycled Materials , Sustainable Materials

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Help Pet Lounge Studios Create a Documentary About Its Sustainable Bamboo Dog Furniture

August 23, 2011 by  
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Just because your pet can’t talk doesn’t mean he doesn’t want his furniture to be sustainable! That’s why Pet Lounge Studios creates their stylish and comfy bamboo furniture just for your fine feathered or four-legged friend. The eco-conscious company is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to film a video documentary that follows them as they travel deep within the forests of mainland China to harvest raw bamboo for the manufacturing of their products. If you’d like to see their journey exploring the sustainability of bamboo, show your support on Kickstarter today ! + Support Pet Lounge Furniture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see  your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo furniture , bamboo pet furniture , eco design , eco products , green design , green products , pet furniture , pet lounge , pet lounge studios , sustainable design , sustainable pet furniture

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