It looks like 2017 could become some kind of genuine annus horribilis for the established scientific consensus on human evolution.
There are conflicting evidences, a lack of details, opposing hypotheses held with great confidence, and a wide range of explanatory mechanisms that are routinely used as needed.
Research into human origins, we mean the entire field, is a mess.
You’d likely predict: This will largely be about the timing of our primordial fire use. There will be comparisons with chimps.
Given evolutionary presuppositions, the direction of research and learning is not from lesser to greater clarity, but just the opposite.