Time Traveling by Changing My Ethnographic Present

“…tradition does not arouse, but tends to rather to preclude, thought and reflection.”

Emile Durkheim “Education and Sociology”
Although I mostly write about physical anthropology, with brief forays into archaeology, I am just as interested in cultural or social anthropology (especially the history thereof). Cultural anthropology is a subject I haven’t written much about so this post is an attempt to rectify that. Before I get into that though, let me state at the beginning that most of my posts on anthroplogy are aimed at explaining the concepts and techniques of anthropologists to people who may not know much about anthropology. Those of you who are already familiar with the subject can move along…

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Rhesus Macaques and the Origins of Language

I’m still working part two of the ulna post. In the meantime, consider this. Researchers studying Rhesus macaques have determined that, when vocalizing, they use regions of the brain that correspond to two of the principal language centers in the human brain:

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Whats New?

First off, sorry for the light blogging. Between the new dog and the ongoing job hunt I’ve been a wee bit busy lately. Before I get to what’s new let me finish some old stuff. A while back I wrote the first of a projected two part post on what we can learn from the ulna. I’m hoping to have the second post up tomorrow (finally). From here on out I hope to do at least one post a week on what we can learn from bones (fragmentary or otherwise).
New stuff! Since everybody needs a Friday “thing” I’m going to be starting a Friday series called “Know Your Primate” I’ll be covering both fossil and extent primates (that includes hominins). Finally, I’m going to be doing some stuff, mainly on the weekends (although I will be doing one on Tuesday or Wednesday), on paleopathology.

The Terrestrial Locomotion of Gibbons

Despite the fact that Gibbons are the most speciose of the apes (with at least nine species of gibbons and siamangs) with many interesting characteristics (they are the most anatomically primitive of the apes and retain many “monkey” like features, at the same time they are the most specialized of the living hominoids) one hears very little about them.

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Ask A ScienceBlogger

The new question is:

If you could have practiced science in any time and any place throughout history, which would it be, and why?…

There are two several time periods I would love to practice science in.

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Gosh, You Step Away for a Minute…

I took a brief blogging break and all sorts of interesting science stuff happens…
I’m sure everyones heard about competitive exclusion and Darwin’s finches, so I won’t say anything about that (good stuff though).

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Those Poor, Misunderstood Parasites are Important

According to Science Daily parasites are an important part of the food chain:

Using data from four relatively comprehensive food webs that contain parasites, Lafferty and his coauthors examined if and how parasites affected the food webs. They found that parasites dominated the food web links between species; on average, a food web contained more links between parasites and their hosts than between predators and their prey.

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Dinosaurs Laid Eggs Like Birds Not Crocodiles: One from the Archives

This is one from the archives – enjoy…
Dino%201.jpg(A) The pair of eggs sit at the bottom of the fossilised pelvis (B) An egg found inside the female oviraptorosaurian. The blue color of the egg shell fragments is not the original color, though the texture of the shell pieces probably resembles the original texture of the egg.

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Simpson Zombies and Shakespearean Insults

Ever want to be insulted in Shakespearean prose? Here is your chance!
Then go here to kill some Simpsonian zombies

Ahhh, Those Wacky Deathworlders Australians

Not content with having largest number of venomous species of spiders and snakes, not to mention crocodiles and great whites, in the known universe, they had to go and get carnivorous kangaroos (Next Winnie the Pooh book will be titled “Roo and Tiger Clean Out The Hundred Acre Wood”) and “demon ducks of doom”:

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