The Top 10 hominin #FossilFriday tweets of 2022

It is time for year-end lists. Below is a little tradition on this blog: the 10 best hominin #FossilFriday tweets published in 2022, from number 10 to 1.

What is a ‘FossilFriday’? Every Friday, mainly on Twitter, people post pics of interesting fossils using the hashtag #FossilFriday about famous specimens, museum collections, scientific papers, blog posts, odd fossils, etc. I love to join & tweet about hominin fossils. One more time -9 years doing this- the top 10 of 2022:

10. Guess who’s coming to dinner… By Lee Berger @LeeRberger & Keneiloe Molopyane @Keneiloe

A pretty neat pic of hominin material in situ during fieldwork at Rising Star cave system

9. One of the enigmatic fossils of the ‘Muddle in the Middle’. By DEATHREVOL @DEATHREVOL1

Aroeira 3 (Torres Novas, central Portugal) is one of the earliest hominins to be directly associated with Acheulean tools in a well-defined and dated sequence around 400 ka.

8. The beautiful clavicles of the La Ferrassie 1 Neandertal. By Asier Gómez Olivencia @AsierGOlivencia

The clavicles of the La Ferrassie 1 adult male Neandertal individual. The left side is pathological.

7. Cannibal memories of Gough’s Cave. By Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo @WhiteRabbit36.

Memories of Gough's cave. Cannibalized Upper paleolithic human maxilla.6. The soulless eyes of Australopithecus boisei. By Zach Cofran @ZCofran.

Peer into the soulless eyes of Australopithecus boisei (from paper describing KNM-ER 23000 cranium)

5. Stunning variation within Early Homo sapiens. By Chris Stringer @ChrisStringer65.

Showing the variation in Middle Stone Age-associated mandibles assigned to early H. sapiens from Klasies River Mouth Caves, South Africa

4. That’s no burned jaw. By Andy I. R. Herries @Ozarchaeomaglab.

The beautiful 3.03-2.61 Ma MLD 40 Australopithecus africanus hemimandible from Makapansgat Limeworks. The black colour was once thought to be due to fire hence it's initial designation as A. prometheus. The colour is actually manganese staining from the dolomite

3. Very nice photo of OH 65 habilis maxillary bone. By Julio Mercader Florín @ProfMercader.

Located in Arusha the National Natural History Museum is home to Olduvai Hominin 65, found at Geolocality 64 (Western Gorge) by Blumenschine et al 1995. This fossil is from a maxillary bone, Homo habilis. Dated to 1.82 million years ago.

2. Molarized premolars in Paranthropus boisei never cease to amaze. By Marta Mirazón Lahr @MartMLahr.

We all know that Paranthropus boisei had very large premolars, but seeing just how molarised they can get never ceases to amaze1. Some fossils are beautiful even after they have been crushed almost beyond recognition. By John Hawks @johnhawks.

Some fossils are beautiful even after they have been crushed almost beyond recognition. SK 79 is the face of a Paranthropus robustus individual, maybe 1.8 million years old, from Swartkrans, South Africa.

Want more? Check out the lists from previous years:

2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy 2023!

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