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A view of the Little Foot skeleton

Paleoanthropologist Ron Clarke and the University of the Witwatersrand made a big splash last week with the public unveiling of one of the most important hominin fossils ever discovered, known as “Little Foot”. The Little Foot skeleton,...Show More Summary

Should anyone be worried about the number of scientific research papers that are never cited?

Nature looks at the myth that a large fraction of scientific research goes uncited in a piece by Richard Van Noorden: “The science that’s never been cited”. Compiling a number of stories from researchers who have looked into citation...Show More Summary

Link: Language development in the Tsimané

A nice article in Scientific American by Dana Smith looks at a new study of language development in the Tsimané people of Bolivia: “Parents in a Remote Amazon Village Barely Talk to Their Babies—and the Kids Are Fine”. The researchers...Show More Summary

Link: An appreciation of Frank Brown

Nature last week published an appreciation by Bernard Wood of the life and contributions of the late Frank Brown, who died earlier this fall: “Frank Brown (1943-2017)”. The first paragraph gives a good summary of the importance of Brown’s...Show More Summary

Link: A history of four scientists' fight against harassment in fieldwork

Kayla Webley Adler of Marie Claire magazine has just published an article recounting the history of the SAFE13 study about sexual harassment and assault in fieldwork sciences: “‘It Gnaws Away at Me’: Female Scientists Report a Horrifying...Show More Summary

Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?

Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he a real person? The post Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real? appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology N...

South Africa’s oldest, and the world’s most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever found, introduced to the world

South Africa's status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today's unveiling of "Little Foot", the country's oldest, virtually complete fossil human ancestor. The post South Africa’s oldest,Show More Summary

What anthropology loses when we pigeonhole public engagement as “service”

Today at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Caroline VanSickle and Natalia Reagan organized a panel entitled, “Biological Anthropology and the Public”. The session featured the work of six innovative early- and...Show More Summary

Dilemma of the obstetrical dilemma

During the past few years, anthropologists have been questioning the long-held idea that human birth is uniquely risky for mothers and infants because of the narrow size of the human pelvis. This week, Josie Glausiusz has an articleShow More Summary

Considering rodent eating by the Flores hominins

A nice article by Anna Goldfield in Sapiens today profiles the work of zooarchaeologist Grace Veach, who is examining the remains of rodents in Liang Bua Cave, on the island of Flores. “Can Rat Bones Solve an Island Mystery?” This site...Show More Summary

The unlikely domino

Ahmed Ouyahia, "The Eradicator" - Prime Minister of Algeria. (Wikicommons: Magharebia). "We are the kings of our home!" When political change comes to a world-system, does it begin near the center and then spread outward? That seems to be the common view. Show More Summary

The Fuente Magna Bowl: Not Cuneiform and not Sumerian

In 2015 I wrote a quick article, Sumerians in Bolivia? Probably Not, in which I very briefly described and criticized the Fuente Magna Bowl–a so-called [...] The post The Fuente Magna Bowl: Not Cuneiform and not Sumerian appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Terra Nostra, for how long?

Giorgia Meloni, president of Terra Nostra. (Wikicommons: Niccolò Caranti) A nationalist bloc of nations now extends across much of eastern and central Europe, but Italy seems like another world. In the Italian parliament the leading nationalist party, the Lega Nord(LN), has lost seats at each general election since 1994, except for the one in 2008. Show More Summary

The next two to three years

Election posters for the radical nationalist SRS (Srpska radikalna stranka), (Wikicommons: Micki) A nationalist bloc of nations has come into being in eastern and central Europe—Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. This is a new development, and most commentators in North America and Western Europe are still digesting what has happened. Show More Summary

How long ago did Neandertals and Denisovans part ways?

We have learned an immense amount about Neandertal population history from their genomes. But many old questions and some new ones remain unanswered. Among the most basic: How long ago did Neandertal populations become separate fromShow More Summary

Link: Blogging and careers

This is a nice piece in ChronicleVitae by Terry McGlynn: “Why Blogging Is Still Good for Your Career”. Regardless, in every field, scholars run academic blogs that reflect the professional discourse, and sometimes those blogs will drive the broader conversation. Show More Summary

Dinosaur phylogeny woes

This is a nice write-up by Laura Geggel of a current exchange of comments in Nature about dinosaur phylogeny: “Dino Family Tree Overturned? Not Quite, But Changes May Lie Ahead”. The upshot is that last spring, Matthew Baron and colleagues (2017) claimed that the traditional groupings of dinosaurs were all wrong. Show More Summary

The ad that started the Human Genome Project

Via Jay Shendure, who shared this ad on Twitter this weekend: Original advertisement that brought in the donors for Human Genome Project (Buffalo News, 3/23/1997), h/t Pieter de Jong, who placed the ad People who worked with HGP data in the early days will remember how the entire genome appeared to be designed by committee. Show More Summary

Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries in Europe

New research answers a long-debated question among anthropologists, archaeologists and geneticists: when farmers first arrived in Europe, how did they interact with existing hunter-gatherer groups? The post Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries in Europe appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.

Why the dominoes fall

Election Poster for the Lega dei Ticinesi (Italian canton of Switzerland), an "isolationist, national conservative party" (Wiki). Currently, it holds 21 out of 90 seats in the Ticino legislature (Wikicommons: NAC) My last post was on...Show More Summary

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