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
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
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
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
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
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 ?
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
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 ?
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 ?
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
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
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
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
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