Begging For An Article

I have the paper now.
Can some one send me a copy of the article below:
Walking, running and the evolution of short toes in humans
Campbell Rolian, Daniel E. Lieberman, Joseph Hamill, John W. Scott and William Werbel
Journal of Experimental Biology 212: 713-721
http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/abstract/212/5/713
doi: 10.1242/jeb.019885
You can email it to: afarensis@scienceblogs.com

Thank You in advance.

Name The Baby Gorilla Contest

The San Francisco Zoo is holding a contest to name a male baby western lowland gorilla. If you need inspiration, you can see pictures and a video of the gorilla here.
(Hat tip tip to the Panda’s Thumb)

Note to Journalists Covering the AAAS Meetings: Stop Teasing Us!

National Geographic’s Cooking Gave Humans Edge Over Apes? is a case in point. The article starts out like this:

The simple, everyday act of cooking could have given humans an evolutionary edge over apes, researchers proposed at a scientific meeting this week.
Preparing meals is a “signature feature” of the human diet that likely originated in the extinct species Homo erectus 1.8 million years ago.

It has been known for quite some time that Homo erectus used fire and that cooking was somehow important. Why is anybodys guess and the article lays this out in a couple of paragraphs and then goes off on a tangent about paleodiets and such.

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Darwin The Human Being

Since today is Darwin’s birthday you can expect that the blogosphere will be buzzing with posts about Darwin. Most will be about Darwin’s scientific achievements, some will be eloquent and insightful. Others will focus on the conflict between evolution and religion. Since, however, it is Darwin’s birthday, I would like to focus on the man. Darwin, having been born in the 19th century and having died in the 19th century faced some interesting problems in his daily life. Problems very few of us have to worry about now.

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Two Interesting Anthropology Blogs

i see Laden beat me to mentioning Anna’s Bones, of course he didn’t quote from one of her posts like I am:

Neanderthals have proved to be the perfect ‘repository’ for all our human projections – they are the embodiment of our darkest, most violent impulses: Neanderthals are primitive brutes who do not use language, they are socially simple and technologically unsophisticated. And they are hairy. A psychoanalyst might even see in these projections signs of sexually repressed fears or desires on our part: these men are big and tall, physically very strong, they use force rather than language to get what they need, and when hunting they use their hands more than their tools (their stone tools, I mean).

Interesting stuff…
Another interesting blog is A primate of Modern Aspect who offers his take on Luskin visiting Lucy:

I don’t know why I do it to myself. Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment and frustration. Every so often, I’ll feel the need to go to one of those Intelligent Design/Creationism blogs and get myself all angry and riled up. This morning I went over to Evolution News and Views and saw that Casey Luskin has been to the Pacific Science Center’s Lucy exhibit, and he’s soooooo not impressed. That’s okay though, because I’m not impressed with his critique.

Check them both out!

Casey Luskin Visits Lucy

I always get a great deal of amusement when Luskin writes about paleoanthropology.His latest effort is no exception. Casey, you see, has been studying about Lucy and of fossils pertaining to human evolution for years, and even links to the dreck he published in ISCID as proof, so of course he had to go.
Before going further, the following posts look at Lusin’s ISCID paper:

One point to take away from the above is that it takes far more work to correct the distortions and misunderstandings frequently peddled by Luskin than it does for Luskin to peddle them. His article on Lucy is a case in point.

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Hyena Coprolites And Hominin Hair

National Geographic has an interesting story on hair found in hyena coprolites. The coprolites were in strata that date to about 195,000-257,000 years ago.

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