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Why the new Wellcome Trust open review journal may be the science publishing future

John Bohannan in Science writes one of many stories about the Wellcome Trust establishing a new open access journal, in which peer review follows the posting of preprints: “U.K. research charity will self-publish results from its grantees”. Normally, peer review is anonymous and happens before publication of a paper. Show More Summary

Link: Profile Q and A with biological anthropologist Debra Martin

Vegas Seven has a great interview with biological anthropologist Debra Martin: “Seven Questions With Biological Anthropologist Debra Martin”, touching on her work in bioarchaeology and how it relates to the public perception of forensics. Show More Summary

Quote: Yves Coppens on the invasion of paleontologists in East Africa

Virginia Morell’s excellent biography of the Leakey family, Ancestral Passions, includes a great discussion of the aftermath of the innovation of potassium-argon dating which demonstrated that the Zinjanthropus skull was much older than anyone had assumed. Show More Summary

Quote: Robert Broom on the age of Australopithecus

In 1930, Robert Broom commented on the age of the Taung specimen. This is one of the earliest instances I have found of someone claiming that a fossil is “too recent” to be an ancestor: The little fossil ape skull that was found at Taungs five years ago is, in the opinion of many, the most important fossil ever discovered. Show More Summary

Artificial intelligence with the biases of its designers

Nice piece from Kate Crawford in the New York Times about how predictive technologies used by Google and others go wrong when applied outside the context they were trained on: “Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem” If we look at how systems can be discriminatory now, we will be much better placed to design fairer artificial intelligence. Show More Summary

Looters and Stone Box Graves

A phenomenon in the region I currently work in with the Mississippian culture is the use of the “stone box grave.” Essentially, when a person dies, the relatives place the body in a kind of “coffin” made made of large flat stones on all, or mostly all, sides. Within, there are sometimes grave goods, such … Continue reading Looters and Stone Box Graves ?

Y-chromosome haplogroup N phylogeny resolved

AJHG Volume 99, Issue 1, p163–173, 7 July 2016 Human Y Chromosome Haplogroup N: A Non-trivial Time-Resolved Phylogeography that Cuts across Language Families Anne-Mai Ilumäe et al. The paternal haplogroup (hg) N is distributed from southeast Asia to eastern Europe. Show More Summary

Dowsing in Archaeology

I have previously written about dowsing, once recently and once not-so-recently. The first time was a couple years ago about a story I discovered of “grave dowsing” in which a land owner tried to defeat his local or state government’s attempt to take a portion of his land through imminent domain in order to widen … Continue reading Dowsing in Archaeology ?

The Noah’s Ark Pyramid

Noah’s Ark is one of those mythical ideas that continues to find its way in both the fringe and the mainstream media. This week, Ken Hamm unveiled his new theme park based on Noah’s Ark. You’d think that the premier week would be the largest turn out, but the videos I saw say otherwise. You … Continue reading The Noah’s Ark Pyramid ?

Around the Web Digest- June 19

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday, maybe still recovering from Pride weekend? I have some light readings for the week to aid in your recovery. The need for queer anthropology only grows in the shadow of Orlando and growing political discourses on queer people around the world. Show More Summary

Introducing the Public Anthropology Institute

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the Decolonizing Anthropology series.By: Faye V. Harrison, Carole McGranahan, Matilda Ostow, Melissa Rosario, Paul Stoller, Gina Athena Ulysse and Maria Vesperi The massacre in Orlando was just two days before we sat together around a seminar table in an idyllic New England college town. Show More Summary

37,000 year old skull from Malaysia related to indigenous people of Borneo

Front. Ecol. Evol., 27 June 2016 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00075 Deep Skull from Niah Cave and the Pleistocene Peopling of Southeast Asia Darren Curnoe et al. The Deep Skull from Niah Cave in Sarawak (Malaysia) is the oldest anatomically modern human recovered from island Southeast Asia. Show More Summary

Population history with physically phased genomes

bioRxiv doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/008367 Modeling human population separation history using physically phased genomes Shiya Song, Elzbieta Sliwerska, Sarah Emery, Jeffrey M Kidd Phased haplotype sequences are a key component inShow More Summary

The Anthro/Zine strikes back!

Anthro/Zine, a venue for undergraduate publication from the team behind Anthropology Now, has entered its second year of publication. The premise behind the project is to provide a space for college students to reflect on how anthropology, in all its myriad forms, has touched their lives. Show More Summary

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