Neanderthals Dried Fresh Meat, Wore Tailored Clothing – Energy Study

Energy Use by Eem Neanderthals A paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science by Bent Sørensen of the University of Roskilde in Denmark, discusses how European Neanderthals living in the Eemian interglacial, dated to around 125,000 years bp  might have conserved much needed energy by drying and storing meat,  wearing fitted clothing, and sleeping beneath... Continue Reading →

Homo floresiensis ‘Descended From H. erectus’,

A new paper published in Anthropological Science claims that comparative skull analyses between the hobbit skull and various others from H. sapiens and a plethora of archaic others, indicates to the authors of this study that the diminutive humans, whose remains were discovered on the island of Flores descended from Asian Homo erectus. The paper... Continue Reading →

Open Anthropology Cooperative

There's a new online resource for anthropologists, or anyone with an interest in the field, which allows members to set up or join groups that relate to their own sphere, communicate with one another, announce events, write blogs and post to forums, add media content, and so on - all under the umbrella of the... Continue Reading →

#IranElection … This Is It. The Big One.

In regards to my previous post from yesterday, I'd like to quickly share this quote I've found from Clay Shirky, a Interactive Telecommunications teacher at NYU. He spoke to TED last year on Facebook, Twitter, and the like, and he was recently asked to comment about the usage of these tools in Iran. Here's what... Continue Reading →

First Neanderthal Fossil Dredged From North Sea

A fragment of a Neanderthal skull, dated to between 40,000 and 60,000 years has been recovered from the bottom of the North Sea, marking the first ever occasion such a find has been made, according to researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, in collaboration with the University of Leiden. According... Continue Reading →

The Revolution Will Be Twittered

I remember taking an ethnography class as an undergrad about the social, cultural, and political revolutions that happened in the Soviet block in the 80's and 90's. We discussed topics like how news was disseminated and how there was a massive identity shift. It seems as if this weekend, I saw something similar but not... Continue Reading →

100,000 Year-Old Incised Ochre Found At Blombos Cave

In a paper published in the Journal of Human Evolution, Christopher Henshilwood, Francesco d’Errico and Ian Watts report on their recent findings at Blombos, following on from the 2002 excavations which revealed what were then the earliest known example of humans having deliberately incised patterns into chunks of red ochre, some time around 77,000 years... Continue Reading →

Functional And Genetic Evidence That The Mal/TIRAP Allele Variant 180L Has Been Selected By Providing Protection Against Septic Shock

Here's the abstract of a recent paper at PNAS, in which the authors propose that a mutation on the TIRAP gene amongst our earliest European ancestors may have enabled them to tweak their immune systems to the extent they were better equipped to fight illnesses such as malaria and tuberculosis. Adequate responses by our innate... Continue Reading →

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