6 January 2013

Cornish people have a bulge. So do English people. Come to that so do the French, Zimbabweans, and Chinese.

A study of the heads of anatomically modern humans – homo sapiens, that’s you and me – suggests that prefrontal bulging marks us out from extinct human species such as Neanderthals. We living humans have such a lot in common, such a lot, don’t we?

Bruner E et al ‘Geometric variation of the frontal squama in the genus homo: Frontal bulging and the origin of modern human morphology’ American Journal of Physical Anthropology (online 4 January 2013). The full article is for payment but the abstract is free.