Four Stone Hearth #84 at A Primate of Modern Aspect

Previously on 4SH…

The Avatar Edition, aka number 83, was published by Eric Michael Johnson, on December 30, 2009, at 8:00 AM. Although I’ve thus far omitted to post something on this edition, I’ll add a brief word here. The first few posts deal with James Cameron’s latest project to hit the cinemas in the guise of Avatar which by all accounts has come in for a pretty mixed reception; I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t offer any insights, but the related posts at 4SH look behind the scenes at some of those who became involved in the film’s creation, which even had a language specifically created for it.

In addition there were a number of other intriguing posts, dealing with more linguistics, archaeology, biological evolution and Applied/Theoretical anthropology, including a post from the excellent Anthropology in Practice blog, which concentrates more on  life in the modern day – although I spend probably too much time patrolling the palaeoanthropology beat, it’s always interesting to read thoughts and observations of anthropologists as they navigate their way through and across the conurbations, in this particular case the New York of today. In any case, be sure to check each and every post of this edition, as you never know what you didn’t know until you suddenly discovered etc etc

On now to zinjanthropus  at A Primate of Modern Aspect, episode 84, where the following takes place between x AM and y PM:

In this Gratuitous Gelada Edition, as we might expect from the title and host, a number of posts feature our primate relatives – as observation-based research produces ever-growing cascades of data from cultural and behavioural studies, so our close relatives become ever more interesting. As the extent to which our own evolution is entangled with non-human counterparts appears to be more detailed and tightly bound than could have been imagined in previous decades, many notions such as enhanced cognitive abilities through increased brain size amongst H. sapiens sapiens to explain our ‘superiority’ are fast becoming myth, especially when considering how we supposedly came to be uniquely culture-adapted modern humans. Moreover, it is becoming increasingly clear that behaviours such as tool-use are much more widespread across the animal kingdom, as this recent article on stingrays indicates.

Another notable aspect of this edition of Four Stone Hearth is the re-appearance of Julien Riel-Salvatore at A Very Remote Period Indeed – one of the best bloggers out there on palaeoanthropology, and I thoroughly recommend anyone who has not already done so to bookmark the site/ subscribe to the feed, or otherwise initiate your preferred method of keeping abreast of new posts.

In fact, the very next edition of Four Stone Hearth is due to be hosted by Julien on January 27th, so just check the 4SH site for details of how to submit material, as well as further information on how to host your very own action-packed and cliff-hanging edition.

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