Anyone going to the “What Makes Us Human?” Conference next week?

I caught some obscure news of an upcoming conference in Los Angeles that's packing panels with some big names in anthropology, such as Frans de Waal, Ian Tattersall, Craig Stanford, Donald Johanson, Marc Hauser, Christine Kenneally, and Bruce Lahn. They'll all be discussing "What Makes Us Human?" which also happens to be the title of... Continue Reading →

A new archaic Homo sapiens specimen from Lake Eyasi, Tanzania

The Journal of Human Evolution has released a new article in press announcing the discovery of a new archaic Homo sapiens specimen from Lake Eyasi, Tanzania. It is a rather modest paper, with no real ulterior motive underwritten... which I've come to appreciate. In the paper, the authors describe the geochronology and the morphology of... Continue Reading →

Four Stone Hearth 39 – Call for Submissions

The next Four Stone Hearth will be published this coming Wednesday, April 23rd, and for this edition, Hominin Dental Anthropology will be the hosting blog, so if you have any anthropology articles you've written or read that you'd like to see included, please send them along, either to Jason at Hominin Dental Anthropology, or by... Continue Reading →

Bill Jungers’ conclusions on Homo floresiensis bipedalism — the clown-footed hominin

More reports have been coming out of last week's meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and one that has caught my attention is a news article summarizing Bill Jungers' research on the Homo floresiensis foot morphology. Jungers recently published a research paper reanalyzing Orrorin bipedalism, along with his colleagues. For this presentation, Jungers... Continue Reading →

Reconstructing Neandertal Vocalizations

While we're on the subject of Neandertal language capabilities, I want to share with you news from last week's annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. I wasn't there, I know a couple people who went but they didn't tell me about Robert McCarthy's research. Robert has used new reconstructions of Neanderthal vocal... Continue Reading →

Learning Style Preferences Prove Irrelevant In L2 Vocabulary Acquisition

Daniel Tight at the University of Minnesota has announced the completion of his dissertation, "The Role of Perceptual Learning Style Preferences and Instructional Method in the Acquisition of L2 Spanish Vocabulary," on Linguist List. The abstract details a study which measured the effectiveness of preferred learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) in 128 intermediate-level L2 college... Continue Reading →

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