Oh Fudge! Information Overload, Brain Melting

Yup, it’s been one of those weeks. I had planned on writing about quadrupedalism in primates. Then, I got word of a fascinating new zooarchaeological study on northern fur seals. Then the FOXP2 story about bat echolocation came out, then the Dmanisi paper, and now I hear that there is going to be an article in Science on Homo floresiensis. While I try to defrag my brain you might want to read the following:
Is a lack of fossils the problem with early Homo?
Dmanisi’s Paleoanthropological Importance
Flores Hobbits real deal with wrists
‘Hobbit’ May Be Extinct Species

5 Responses

  1. And to top it all off, Facebook is having a tizzy over modern day hominid lactation. Life has it in for you.

  2. I would be interested in knowing more about the fur seals. Is there any chance you could point me in the right direction?

  3. On Dmanisi, the Beeb was featuring this yesterday, which looks pretty exciting. Do you know any more?

  4. Yes, I’ll be doing a post on it in the next day or so…

  5. I’m basically “agnostic” about the Flores hominids. One side *says* they’re a species, the other side *says* they’re “microcephalic”. And each side blasts away at the other. As of this moment, there’s only one complete Flores fossil, at least as I understand it. Until other, similar fossils turn up, I refuse to to even *think* about what these fossils might actually represent. Personally, I think the Dmanisi fossils represent something more important.
    Anne G

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