Ya Try to Take a Break…Then They Find a 1.2 Million Year Old Tooth at Atapuerca

The BBC is reporting on a 1.2 million year old premolar found at Atapuerca:

“There is no doubt, from the (geological) level where the tooth was found, that it belonged to the oldest European found to date,” the French news agency AFP quoted him as saying.

Unfortunately, that is about all the info the BBC has.
Yahoo also has the story. From Yahoo:

The foundation said studies of the geological level suggested it was more than one million years old but that final results were being awaited prior to “publishing this extraordinary finding in a research journal of the highest scientific prestige.”

Hmmm, now I’m kind of skeptical…

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Afarensis on Hiatus

Burnt out and tired of fooling with it. Be back in a few days…

Louise Leakey on Human Evolution

The Archaeology Channel has an interesting interview with Louise Leakey. For those who are unfamiliar:

Fourth-generation Kenyan Dr. Louise Leakey (Ph.D., London University) has upheld the Leakey family legacy in the search for human origins through continuing research with the Koobi Fora Research Project in the Turkana Basin of northern Kenya. Daughter of renowned palaeoanthropologists Meave and Richard Leakey…

The video is 15 minutes long…

Beetles and Iguanas

Science Daily has two evolution related articles up.

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Red State Rable’s Quotemining Contest

This is great! The Red State Rabble Quotemining Contest – with prizes!

So, here’s the challenge for Red State Rabble readers: Take the text of Erwin’s article, “Darwin Still Rules, but Some Biologists Dream of a Paradigm Shift,” rip parts of it out of context in creative, amusing, and outrageous ways. Distort the clearly stated intentions of the scientists cited beyond recognition. Connect widely spaced and generally unrelated parts of the story so as to make up sentences that seem to support creationist notions. In short, have your way with the text.
Then e-mail your clever little quote mine to Red State Rabble — you can find my e-mail address in the sidebar under contact — and I’ll post the wittiest and most ingenious.
Best yet, there are prizes for the top four entries. Each of RSR’s favorite entries will win one of the Red State Rabble mouse pads shown below:

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Interesting Symposium on Medieval Health

Science Daily is reporting on an upcoming symposium on ‘Disease, Disability and Medicine in Early Medieval Europe’. Looks quite interesting, especially this part:

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