Human evolution steals the spotlight

It’s probably a truism to suggest that the study of human evolution gets more that its fair share of media attention and hype.

Brace yourself!

There’s more on the way this week, with a set of seven papers out in the journal Science providing new details about the anatomy and evolution of almost 2.0 million-year-old Australopithecus sediba specimens from South Africa.

The find raises many questions about the scientific and public prominence of human evolution research and about the remarkable and unprecedented space provided to sediba in one of the scientific establishment’s top journals.