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Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) aims to increase our understanding of how and when Homo sapiens evolved into who we are today.

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Discovery of 80 000 year old bone tools from SA. Pictures showing experimental methods to find out how the tools were used.

UiB scientists discover 80 000-year-old bone tools

An international team of archaeologists, led by a UiB scientist, has identified the oldest bone tools from southern Africa. The tools are 60,000 to 80,000 years old and were likely used for debarking trees and to dig into the ground.

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Portrett av Eystein Jansen

Eystein Jansen elected Vice President of the ERC

Climate scientist Eystein Jansen has been elected Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC). He is the first Norwegian researcher to join the leadership of the elite division for European research.

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Svante Pääbo, awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Svante Pääbo wins 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Svante Pääbo has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. "Warm congratulations to Svante Pääbo. We are extremely proud of our collaboration with the new laureate", says SapienCE-director Professor Christopher Henshilwood at the University of Bergen.

SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURE:
The SapienCE team from UIB excavating and Blombos Cave

Trapped 70 000-year-old artefact reveals hidden information about early humans

The SapienCE paper about a trapped artefact became the top ten most downloaded articles in the journal Geoarchaeology this year. The study demonstrates how the creative use of unconventional research methods turned an unfortunate archaeological sampling event into a scientific success story.

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Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour

“We are very proud that SapienCE’s Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition has been updated to a new format and found a new home at the Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,” Christopher Henshilwood, director of SapienCE says.

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SapienCE was established in 2017 by the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with the University of Bergen. The SapienCE Centre is cooperating closely with the University of the Witwatersrand, Norce, Royal Holloway University of London, Université de Bordeaux and Universität Tübingen.

SapienCE is part of the Research Council of Norway's Centres of Excellence (CoE) scheme. The scheme organizes the activities of Norway’s foremost scientific circles in centres to achieve ambitious scientific objectives through collaboration and long-term basic funding.