A Cave Shut by Closed Minds? La Carihuela Neanderthals vs. the Junta

  Back in August of this year, two words I frequently encountered when trying to visit sites of interest in Andalucía, southern Spain, were"Cerrado" (closed) and "No", which as a tourist you take in your stride, leg it to the nearest hostelry and reconsider the rest of the day from the perspective of its slightly... Continue Reading →

Grandma Plays Favourites: X-Chromosome Relatedness and Sex-specific Childhood Mortality – Proceedings of the Royal Society B

As this paper is freely accessible for the next 7 days, I'm posting it here in the hope that as many readers as possible will have time to read it through. Molly Fox et al turn their thoughts to the question of why women are able to live for many years after they able to... Continue Reading →

Understanding Ancient Hominin Dispersals Using Artefactual Data: A Phylogeographic Analysis of Acheulean Handaxes – PLoS ONE

Interesting paper by Dr. Stephen Lycett, of the University of Kent, UK, from which the following extract is taken: In recent years it has been increasingly recognized that the manufacture of artefacts such as handaxes results from the process of social transmission of knowledge between individuals and across generations [18]–[21]. It is also been increasingly... Continue Reading →

Modern Humans Are Still Evolving But Will Modern Men Get Wimpier?

Two interesting articles that went into my inbox today: Modern man a wimp says anthropologist and Darwin Lives! Modern Humans Are Still Evolving. A cover illustration from Australian anthropologist Peter McAllister's new book entitled "Manthropology" and sub-titled "The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male." Photo from REUTERS/Hachette Publishing/Handout. Modern man a wimp says anthropologist from... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Hunting and Meat Sharing 400–200 kya at Qesem Cave, Israel – PNAS

Brief details of research from Israel which has led authors Mary Stiner et al to ruminate upon the possibility that differing cut-marks from ancient kills may offer insights into how meat-sharing behaviours amongst archaic humans may have evolved through the various stages of the Palaeolithic. Abstract: Zooarchaeological research at Qesem Cave, Israel demonstrates that large-game... Continue Reading →

Four Stone Hearth 77 @ A Place Odyssey

Just a quick note to point readers in the direction of the latest edition of the anthropology blog carnival which is hosted for the first time over at A Place Odyssey, a team of bloggers who describe themselves thus: Known locally as the ‘landscape detectives’, we are a group of Masters students at Sheffield University... Continue Reading →

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