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Gibraltar Neandertal research featured in the New York Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine has just published a feature article by Jon Mooalem detailing his visit to the excavations at Gorham’s and Vanguard Caves in Gibraltar, and how they are informing new perspectives on Neandertal behavior: “Neanderthals...Show More Summary

Let’s make replicability a priority in human evolution research

Research on human evolution may have the worst history of data access for any field of science funded by the National Science Foundation. NSF has spent millions of dollars over the last twenty years on results that cannot be replicated. Show More Summary

Homo neanderthalensis – A Misunderstood Hominin Species

The science of Palaeoanthropology is an ever-changing field with advances in technology and the discovery of fresh evidence allowing interpretational change.

How forensic science can unlock the mysteries of human evolution

People are fascinated by the use of forensic science to solve crimes. Any science can be forensic when used in the criminal and civil justice system – biology, genetics and chemistry have been applied in this way.

Medicine, Technology, and the Ever-Changing Human Person

Though we often take for granted that humans are persons, they are not exempt from questions surrounding personhood. Indeed, what it means to be a person is largely an unsettled argument, even though we often speak of “people” and “persons.”...Show More Summary

Why Anthropologists Failed to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

By: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar In 2016 the movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in the illegal occupation of Palestine both gathered significant steam and faced a huge roadblock. In the United States,...Show More Summary

On writing from elsewhere

My childhood imagination enhanced stories told to me by my elders of where we were from, and my history embraced the possibility of exciting seafarers, noble learned men and women, poor housekeepers, exiled princesses, wandering mystics, Marxists fighting the good fight, and revolutionaries standing up against the British. Show More Summary

Of Primates and Persons

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Coltan Scrivner for the month of January. Coltan will be writing a series of posts on personhood from different disciplinary perspectives. When I moved to Chicago for graduate school, one of the first things I did was go to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Just like with other zoos I’ve been … Continue reading Of Primates and Persons ?

New study finds evolution of brain and tooth size were not linked in humans

A new study from the George Washington University's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) found that whereas brain size evolved at different rates for different species, especially during the evolution of Homo, the genus that includes humans, chewing teeth tended to evolve at more similar rates.

Happy New Year 2017

Last year I wished for ancient East Asian DNA and I didn't get my wish. So, I repeat my wish for this year as well.

Around the Web Digest: 2016 in Review

I cannot say I will be nostalgic this Sunday morning, but Savage Minds and our incredible contributors never stopped writing and confronted every step with a critical eye. In order to mark the coming year,  Savage Minds compiled a list of our favorite pieces written in 2016. Show More Summary

Pokemon GO comes home: Manners pedagogy in the Japanese linguistic landscape

[This is an invited post by Debra J Occhi, Miyazaki International College (aka Hyuga Natsuko1, yellow team). Debra is a linguistic anthropologist employed at Miyazaki International College. Her current research interests include leisure,...Show More Summary

Nine weird and wonderful facts about death and funeral practices

It might not be something you want to think about very often, but it turns out that the way we treat our dead in the modern age is heavily influenced by the way our ancestors treated theirs.

Seven Warning Signs of Pseudoarchaeology

In the last article, I presented John Casti’s “Hallmarks of Pseudoscience” (from his book Paradigm’s Lost), reworked to fit pseudoarchaeology. Today, I’ve reworked Robert Park’s [...] The post Seven Warning Signs of Pseudoarchaeology appeared first on Archaeology Review.

The Hallmarks of Pseudoarchaeology

Several years ago, probably around 2008, I remember reading a book which I highly recommend if you’re at all interested in the mysteries of science [...] The post The Hallmarks of Pseudoarchaeology appeared first on Archaeology Revi...

Faculty work, librarian work, and life balance

Tis the season. As my professor friends hustle to write final exams and grade them, only to press through to letter grade submission and finally revel in winter break I am reflecting on my absence from teaching. Now three semesters out of the classroom (I cashed my last paycheck as an adjunct in May 2015) … Continue reading Faculty work, librarian work, and life balance ?

New footprints from Laetoli and improving the science of fossil context

I’m jazzed this morning because eLife has published a paper by Fidelis Masao and colleagues describing new footprint trails from the famous site of Laetoli, Tanzania: “New footprints from Laetoli (Tanzania) provide evidence for marked body size variation in early hominins”. The scientific theme of the paper is about body size and dimorphism. Show More Summary

Link: A deep dive into Cahokia

Annalee Newitz has a detailed and fascinating story in Ars Technica about the Cahokia site, on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River from St. Louis: “Finding North America’s lost medieval city”. At the city's apex in 1100, the population exploded to as many as 30 thousand people. Show More Summary

Link: A consideration of religion and Neandertals

Barbara King asks, “Were Neanderthals religious?” Given their intelligence, it seems to me likely that the Neanderthals contemplated, in some way, the mysteries of life. Wouldn't they have wondered not only about unexpected and surprising...Show More Summary

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