Whale Watching

I am still busy researching the promised post on whales, in the meantime, this is pretty entertaining – and creepy

The Future Of This Blog

After being on hiatus for quite awhile I have been feeling the urge to write again. A large part of the reason for the hiatus was frustration at obtaining the science articles on the subjects I wanted to write about. Since I’m not in Academia I am dependent on an article being open access or on the kindness of readers. This created a lot of frustration and eventual burnout. This time around I plan on changing things a little. Rather than focus on the current breaking news in anthropology and science I will be focusing on what I have the resources to write about. That said, if I can come up with the science article behind the “new” story so much the better. I also don’t plan on blogging at the same pace as before. Look for 2-3 posts a week, more or less.

I have always loved to fish (even though I don’t eat fish – other than walleye) and this spring I decided to take up fly fishing and have learned how to tie flies as well, so I will be adding a page on my adventures with fly fishing. I’ll call the page Trout Madness in tribute to Robert Traver (pen name of John Voelker).

I am working on my first science post – on whales – which should be up sometime in the next day or two.

Update: I also have some administrative things to do, such as cleaning up the blog roll and writing a new “About” page…

In Memoriam: Ray Harryhausen

According to the LA Times Ray Harryhausen has passed away. He will be missed.

In Memoriam: Carl R. Woese

Woese was 84. More can be found here and here.

Hat Tip to Sparc

Writer’s Block Sucks

Just saying… Hopefully I’ll work through it soon and get back to my review of Science and Human Origins as well as posts on some other subjects that have caught my attention…

Begging For Articles

I recently received my copy of Science and Human Origins and I have decided to review the entire book. I am currently on Luskin’s chapter and I am in the process of checking the articles he has cited. For those unfamiliar with Luskin you should always check his quotes against the articles he cites – I once caught him joining parts of two sentences 17 pages apart into a single sentence. In Luskin’s chapter he has opted for a hyperactive version of the Gish Gallop. I have most of the articles he cites but am missing a few. With that in mind can someone send me the articles below:

Tattersall and Schwartz 2009 Evolution of the Genus Homo, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Vol. 37: 67-92 DOI: 10.1146/annurev.earth.031208.100202

Tattersall 1992 The many faces of homo habilis, Evolutionary Anthropology, Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 33–37, DOI: 10.1002/evan.1360010110

Bromage and Dean 1985 Re-evaluation of the age at death of immature fossil hominids, Nature 317, 525 – 527, doi:10.1038/317525a0

Galik et al 2004 External and Internal Morphology of the BAR 1002’00 Orrorin tugenensis Femur, Science Vol. 305 no. 5689 pp. 1450-1453 DOI: 10.1126/science.1098807

Hartwig-Scherer and Martin 1991 Was “Lucy” more human than her “child”? Observations on early hominid postcranial skeletons, Journal of Human Evolution Volume 21, Issue 6, Pages 439–449 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0047-2484(91)90094-C

Oxnard 1975 The place of the australopithecines in human evolution: grounds for doubt?, Nature 258, 389 – 395, doi:10.1038/258389a0

Deacon 1990 Problems of ontogeny and phylogeny in brain-size evolution, International Journal of Primatology, Volume 11, Number 3 (1990), 237-282, DOI: 10.1007/BF02192870

Opps. I forgot one.

Arensburg et all 1989 A middle paleolithic human hyoid bone, Nature 338, 758 – 760, doi:10.1038/338758a0

I have them all now, a big thanks to all who sent articles!
My email address is on the “About” page. Thanks in advance!

An Open Letter To National Geographic: Where Is My Blog

Dear National Geographic,
You may remember me from this contribution to National Geographic News. First of all, kudos for your purchase of Science Blogs and congratulations on your successful migration of all the blogs. I noticed that you even included all the blogs of the bloggers who have departed Science Blogs. All except mine that is – which came as something of a shock since I was one of the original 14 bloggers recruited by Seed Media. Is there a reason why mine was left out?

Sincerely,
afarensis

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