On the lighter side of anthropology… The Onion takes a satirical look at what outrageously pseudoscientific research into human origins might look like. Their headline reads:
“Anthropologists Trace Human Origins Back To One Large Goat”
‘Wait, That Can’t Be Right,’ Scientists Say”
In addition to being funny, the article, by contrast, helps show the strict standards of evidence, interdisciplinary collaboration, and peer-review process of actual paleoanthropological research. Also, our close relationship with other primates is highlighted when one fake Onion researcher observes that “…humans don’t look like goats.” In other words, don’t expect any presentations on “goat people” at professional anthropological conferences anytime soon. Enjoy!
- Jay Fancher