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Quote: Upload your data for the future

Andy Farke did a short interview with Kelsey Stilson, an author of a recent study on the paleopathology of rhinocerotids: “Author Interview: Kelsey Stilson on Gnarly Rhino Bones”. The study itself is interesting and I’ll be reading it carefully. Show More Summary

Quote: Franz Boas the pinko

Wilton Krogman, in a footnote to his review, “Fifty years of physical anthropology.” I have told this story to a few friends, and I repeat it here. In 1933 I became a consultant in skeletal identification to the FBI, and in 1938 I wrote a "Guide," published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Show More Summary

Link: A 137-year-old botanical experiment

On the subject of long-running experiments in biology, Atlas Obscura has a story about a 137-year-old experiment in the germination of common weeds: “The world’s longest-running experiment is buried in a secret spot in Michigan”. In the fall of 1879, Dr. Show More Summary

Skeletal remains from Milner Hall, a new excavation area in Sterkfontein Caves

This month, the Journal of Human Evolution has published a short paper from Dominic Stratford and colleagues describing two hominin fossils from Milner Hall, a new excavation area within Sterkfontein Caves. One of the authors is my UW-Madison colleagues, Travis Pickering. Show More Summary

Race Is A Social Construct

One of our all time most popular posts here on is a 2008 blog post, “Race as a Social … Continue reading ?

Notable: Penguin population turnover from ancient DNA

Notable paper: Stefanie Grosser, Nicolas J. Rawlence, Christian N. K. Anderson, Ian W. G. Smith, R. Paul Scofield, Jonathan M. Waters. 2016. Invader or resident? Ancient-DNA reveals rapid species turnover in New Zealand little penguins. Show More Summary

Link: Obesity on the rise

The National Post of Canada has a long article by Sharon Kirkey on the rise of obesity: “The shape of the future: Is obesity a crisis or just the latest stage of evolution?” It’s a nice piece that covers both genetics, the history of how we approach fat, and the changing views of fatness in society. Show More Summary

Link: Dark flies

A laboratory at Kyoto University has been maintaining a long-term evolution experiment on fruit flies that started in 1954. Now the flies are adapted to living in pitch black darkness: To keep the flies away from light, they are reared in vials kept in a large pot painted black on the inside and covered with a blackout cloth. Show More Summary

Maha Kumbh Journal during the making of “Kalkimanthankatha – Part 1.

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Ashish Avikunthak The early months of 2013 saw one of the largest congregations of mankind in the 21st century transpiring at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna in the north Indian town of Allahabad. Show More Summary

Infrastructure as Iron Cage

Weber’s metaphor of the iron cage is one of the most famous in all of sociology. It’s certainly stuck with me: I keep a bookmark in my copy of The Protestant Ethic (Talcott Parsons’ translation) at page 181 so I can always turn to the Iron Cage when I need it. Cos, like, you never … Continue reading Infrastructure as Iron Cage ?

Around the Web Digest: Week of January 24th

Happy Monday, dear readers! Don’t forget to send me any links to feature here at Incredibly (or not so incredibly, given the power of his name as clickbait), there’s another post this week on the anthropology...Show More Summary

Culture, mathematical models, and Neandertal extinction

I am not philosophically opposed to building a mathematical model of Neandertal populations. Some of my best work has involved mathematical model-building. Models have an important place in helping us to understand evolutionary history. Show More Summary

Quote: Ales Hrdlicka on the future of anthropology

Aleš Hrdli?ka, in the concluding paragraphs of The Most Ancient Skeletal Remains of Man, his 1914 review of the fossil evidence of human evolution: The gradually accumulating finds which throw light on the physical past of man, haveShow More Summary

The Role of Technology & Culture On Human Evolution

Blombos Cave is an important site discovered in the ’90’s. It is about 300 km east of Cape Town, South … Continue reading ?

What is making me happy today – Afropop Podast

Someone recently introduced me to the Afropop podcast. It is one of those things that, as a sampler (some might even say lover) of music from Africa and music of the African diaspora, I wonder how I just got to know about. The first one I listened to is a deep dive into the African… Read More »

Admixture within and into Africa

bioRxiv, Admixture into and within sub-Saharan AfricaGeorge Busby, Gavin Band, Quang Si Le, Muminatou Jallow, Edith Bougama, Valentina Mangano, Lucas Amenga-Etego, Anthony Emil, Tobias Apinjoh, Carolyne...Show More Summary

Sapiens: Good (Maybe Great) But Not Transformational (So Far)

Last week marked the launch of Sapiens, a brand new website bankrolled by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. The unveiling is especially welcome to those of us who think about public anthropology, since it will mean the end of Wenner-Gren’s seemingly endless social media campaign announcing that Sapiens will soon be launched. Show More Summary

Freddy’s Hair

A week before historic elections which swept Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) out of power, KMT candidate Lin Yu-fang (???) asked voters not vote for Freddy Lim (???, pictured above), asserting that he has “hair that is longer than a woman’s and is mentally abnormal.”1 Short hair for men in Taiwan was heavily regulated during … Continue reading Freddy’s Hair ?

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