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From Believer to Skeptic. A Personal Account of Critical Thinking.

On a summer evening in 1974, when I was just 7 years old, I witnessed an event that would ultimately change my life. Not a [...] The post From Believer to Skeptic. A Personal Account of Critical Thinking. appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Hadar, Ethiopia: History of a Famous Palaeoanthropological Region

The decade of the 1970’s will be remembered for a long time to come as a paradigm altering time in hominin evolutionary research and much was attributable to the 1974 discovery of A.L. 288-1, known to most by the nickname “Lucy”. For...Show More Summary

The Dilemma of the Metal Detector Hobbiest and Archaeology

There have been a few articles in online media recently that highlight the relationship possible for metal detector hobbyists and archaeologists where the recreational metal [...] The post The Dilemma of the Metal Detector Hobbiest and Archaeology appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Fuentes on creativity and human collaboration

Agustín Fuentes has a short essay in New York magazine’s “Science of Us”: “Creative Collaboration Is What Humans Do Best.” But in order to best deploy this capacity we need to remove the set of blinders most of us wear. Many humans have...Show More Summary

Scientists working to understand how monkeys rebound in wake of yellow fever epidemic

My University of Wisconsin–Madison colleague, Karen Strier, has studied the muriqui monkeys of Brazil for her entire career. Now, the in small patch of forest where she works, howler monkeys have become victims of the yellow fever epidemic...Show More Summary

Some archaeological whoppers get the skewer treatment

Here’s a nice article about two archaeologists, Gayle Fritz and David Freidel, and their efforts to better educate the public and their students about critical thinking. “Archaeological Fantasies and Hoaxes” presents a list of five big myths and why they are so pervasive in American culture. The article touches on many valuable points. Show More Summary

Quote: Leyser on research portfolios

Ottoline Leyser, “chairwoman of the Royal Society Science Policy Advisory Group,” has published a brief essay on science assessment in the U.K.: “No researchers should be submitted to the REF”. I wanted to share this paragraph from the...Show More Summary

South African San adopt code of research ethics

By Linda Nordling in Science: “San people of Africa draft code of ethics for researchers”: The code, published here on 3 March, asks researchers to treat the San respectfully and refrain from publishing information that could be viewed as insulting. Show More Summary

Mushroom-munching poplar-popping Neandertals

Neandertals ate mushrooms. That’s the conclusion of new work examining the DNA remnants in ancient dental calculus. Can we believe it? Laura Weyrich and colleagues (2017) describe their work on dental calculus samples from five Neandertal individuals. Show More Summary

Quote: Darwin on chimpanzees and other primates using tools

Charles Darwin, in Descent of Man (1871) pp. 51–52: It has often been said that no animal uses any tool; but the chimpanzee in a state of nature cracks a native fruit, somewhat like a walnut, with a stone. Rengger easily taught an American...Show More Summary

The Upper Palaeolithic Beads of Aquitaine

The Upper Palaeolithic is best understood period of the Old Stone Age, beginning shortly after the extinction of Homo neanderthalensis and the encroachment of the new hominin Homo sapiens from Africa into Europe.

400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal

A large international research team has found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the Neandertal...

Neanderthals at El Sidrón ate a diet of wild mushrooms, pine nuts and moss

Nature magazine, and in which scientific investigators from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) collaborated, provides information about the diet of the Neanderthals who inhabited the El Sidrón site in Asturias, northern Sp...

Where did the Scythians come from?

The Lomonosov Moscow State University anthropologists have put forward an assumption that the Scythian gene pool was formed on the basis of local tribes with some participation of populations, migrated to the northern Black Sea region from Central Asia. The research results have been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Incipient Mongoloids (or elusive Denisovans) 105-125kya in China?

The authors claim that these archaic humans from China show parallels to both modern eastern Eurasians (Mongoloids) and to Neandertals. The relationship with the Neandertals makes them prime candidates for the elusive Denisovans whoShow More Summary

Ten Android Apps for an Archaeologist

I’ve been a regular user of both Android and Crapple Apple’s iPhone for the last couple of years and I’ve found one, single application on [...] The post Ten Android Apps for an Archaeologist appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Quote: Mayr and Neanderthals

Ernst Mayr (1951): It is very probable that additional finds will make the delimitation of sapiens against Neanderthal even more difficult. It seems best to follow Dobzhansky's suggestion and to consider the two forms, as well as the ancestral group that seems to combine their characters, as a single species. Reference Mayr, E. Show More Summary

Analytical thinking does not decrease religious belief

It seems to me that psychology would benefit from taking a break from publishing new findings and clean house of all the junk that has accumulated over the years. Junk breeds junk, and if left unchecked can generate entire unwholesome...Show More Summary

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