Tag Archives: anthropology

Men Are From Africa, Women Are From Africa

In Christopher Ryan’s TED talk on human sexuality and evolutionary psychology, I like his closing quip: “It’s time we moved beyond Mars and Venus, because the truth is that men are from Africa and women are from Africa.” __________ Ryan’s … Continue reading

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Stunning Video Reconstruction: The Evolution of Ape to Human in Less Than Three Minutes

Based on real ancestral (and human cousin) skull findings, the evolution of ape to human here is thoroughly mesmerizing. Created by the renowned paleoartist John Gurche, the recreation is notable for its meticulous anatomical and forensic accuracy. __________ Gurche’s book on … Continue reading

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The Human Lowdown

Here’s our basic human story based on genetics. 60,000 years ago there was drought in Africa brought on by an ice age to its north. The human species lived only in Africa and had dwindled to perhaps 2,000 individuals. They looked like … Continue reading

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A great interview with Anthropologist Lionel Tiger about the origin of religion

At Macleans. A taste: Q: The ubiquity of belief in all human societies, you argue, means religion is rooted in our brains. You see it originating about 150,000 years ago when we were coming out of Africa, and were smart … Continue reading

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Meat Eating Combined with Running Makes You Smarter?

Well, not exactly. But according to Harvard scientist Dan Lieberman, it was a big factor in making  you smart in the first place. Here’s his syllogism: Starting about two million years ago, our ancestors’s ever increasing ability to run long distances … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Psychology and the Outdoor BBQ: You Are What You Cook?

Did cooking play a big role in making us human? A new book discusses the evolutionary pressure that cooking placed on the human body, brain, and social instincts, and Slate just reviewed it. Money quote: Cooked food, by contrast [with … Continue reading

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Hobbit-Like Humans a Separate Species?

The BBC reports today on the Hobbit-sized “human” skeletons found in Indonesia. Two new science papers in the journal Nature support the theory that they belong to a separate species, perhaps branching from Homo erectuses living in South-East Asia a million … Continue reading

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An Animal in Violation of Matthew 6:25-34? A Chimpanzee is Documented Mentally Modeling His Future States and Preparing for Them!

Recently, a chimpanzee in a zoo near Stockholm has been documented by scientists ANTICIPATING HIS FUTURE EMOTIONAL STATES AND PREPARING FOR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT HAVE NOT YET ARRIVED. So says the BBC today: Santino, a chimpanzee at the zoo in the city … Continue reading

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Big NY Times Science Story TODAY: 1.5 Million Year Old Proto-Human Footprints Discovered in Kenya

Can we put the inanities of young earth creationism to bed now? And can we finally just admit the obvious—that, yes, we descended from ape-like ancestors? The NY Times reports today that, in Kenya over the past three years, proto-human footprints (almost certainly … Continue reading

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Big News from the NY Times: Neanderthal Genome Recovered, and George Church of HARVARD is Quoted as Saying a Neanderthal Can Now Be Brought Back to Life, with Current Technology, for about 30 Million Dollars!

This is stunning. The NY Times today: Possessing the Neanderthal genome raises the possibility of bringing Neanderthals back to life. Dr. George Church, a leading genome researcher at the Harvard Medical School, said Thursday that a Neanderthal could be brought … Continue reading

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NOVA’s “Must See” Documentary on Contemporary Biblical Archeology

At the PBS website, the NOVA documentary, The Bible’s Buried Secrets, has become available on DVD. The program, through interviews with some of the most well-known biblical archeologists in the world, surveys the grand scope of the biblical narrative, from … Continue reading

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Social Policing and Trust Building in Groups: Two Things That Religion is Good For?

Jesse Bering, in Scientific American, reports on a small academic workshop on religion that he attended in Edinburgh, Scotland last week.  He offers a brief synopsis of some of the speculation surrounding the evolution of religion that the academics kicked around. Here are two … Continue reading

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Memo to Duane Gish: Humans and Neanderthals Diverged From One Another 660,000 Years Ago

PandasThumb.org discusses today the recent sequencing of Neanderthal DNA, and what it means for thinking about human evolution. Bottom line: Neanderthals did NOT belong to the same species as us. Instead, humans and Neanderthals diverged from one another, in their evolution, … Continue reading

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Border Crossings: The Hysterical and Paranoid Right-Wing Authoritarian—Here and Abroad

George Packer of the New Yorker on the paranoid style in Iraqi—and American—politics: A roundup (via Andrew Sullivan) of conservative anti-Obama blogging during the election. Much of it has appeared on popular right-wing Web sites, including National Review Online, disclosing … Continue reading

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“I’d never vote for a black man”: McCain Supporters in Pennsylvania Speak Candidly (and Hysterically) About Barack Obama

More scariness among the far right Palinistas:

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