Friday Know Your Primate: Indris

Infraorder Lemuriformes
Family Indriidae
Subfamily Indriinae
Genus Indris
Species Indri Indri

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Babbling Bats

Below is a picture of Saccopteryx bilineata also known as the sac-winged bat:
According to and article on New Scientist the pups have a pretty unique ability.

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Anthropology Rock Stars

Coturnix wants to know about scientist who have rock star status. Reminds me of when I was a young hominin taking method and theory of archaeology. My teacher used to use that analogy in reference to a couple of archaeologists.

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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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