A critique of the juvenile Dikika fossil publication

I have just returned from a presentation lead by UC Berkeley paleoanthropologist Tim White. I must say, even as the paper came out, I had reservations about it all. I was once taught by my physical anthropologist to always accept new finds in paleoanthropology with a skeptical eye. Suffice to say, after hearing what White... Continue Reading →

Little ‘Lucy’ fossil found

There's news buzzing about the fossilized remains of a human-like child, from 3.3-million-year-ago. The remains have been unearthed in Ethiopia's Dikika region and are believed to be of a female Australopithecus afarensis bones are from the same species as an adult skeleton found in 1974 which was nicknamed "Lucy." As of now, these remains are... Continue Reading →

9,500-year-old Syrian decorated skulls

Dienekes informs us of a French-Syrian archaeological mission discovery of decorated human skulls dating back to 9,500 years ago near Damascus, Syria. The find was located at a burial site near a prehistoric (actually Neolithic site of Tell Aswad, at Jaidet al-Khass village. The five skulls were found earlier this month in a pit resting... Continue Reading →

Oldest Writing in New World Discovered

The New York Times is running an article announcing, "Writing on Stone May Be Oldest in the Americas," as is the National Geographic News' "Oldest Writing in New World Discovered, Scientists Say." Both articles are writing in reference to a brand new paper in the latest Science. The lead author, Maria del Carmen Rodríguez Martínez,... Continue Reading →

Neandertals’ Last Stand at Gibraltar

The New York Times, BBC News, and Nature News have all published little articles reviewing an upcoming publication that shows Gibraltar may have been the last refuge of the Neanderthals. The paper is titled, "Late survival of Neanderthals at the southernmost extreme of Europe," and the abstract, "The late survival of archaic hominin populations and... Continue Reading →

A Rambling Rant: Homelessness and Untouchables

Every society has outsiders. Among people whose economic systems are based on reciprocity, outsiders are often those who don't reciprocate, or who try to take all the glory. In most societies, there are outsiders who don't buy into the general religious or moral framework, or who display symbols (piercings in some circles, for example) that... Continue Reading →

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