Ardipithecus ramidus At The Panda’s Thumb

I have the first, of several, posts up on Ardipithecus ramidus at The Panda’s Thumb. It covers the geological, enivonmental, and taphonomic background. I hope you like it, it is my first contribution to PT – other than the links page (I am in charge of the links page at PT so if you know of any good sites not listed let me know).

This video has an interesting glimpse into how the environment was reconstructed:

Also, early in the video you can see one of the “crawls” in progress…

Gaah! This is Horrible Reporting

ABC News is pandering to creationists in this really bad article on
Ardipithecus ramidus. Basically it boils down to, and I kid you not this is a direct quote:
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Volume # 77 of the Four Stone Hearth Is Up!

Volume # 77 of the Four Stone Hearth is up at A Place Odyssey. For the best anthropological blogging on the web follow the link!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The Only Classical Musical Station in St. Louis Has Been Sold!

Worse yet it is to a company that is converting to a format of Christian Contemporary Music GAAK! Pardon me while I puke.

The radio station was owned by the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, there is a certain dubious quality to the sale:
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Ardipithecus and Glynn Isaac

So I’m reading all the material on Ardipithecus ramidus when I got to the paper on macrovertebrates. It is interesting, but most of the way through I kept thinking of a paper by Glynn Isaac called Stone Age visiting cards: approaches to the study of early land use patterns. It’s not cited in any of the Ardipithecus papers – though it should have been…

Carl Sagan And Stephen Hawking Music Video

Lately I have tended to ignore posts on the latest “hot thing” generating buzz. However, this one is too good to pass up.

I’m not really given to hero worship, but I make an exception for Sagan and as I have mentioned before, I really miss him and his elegant, insightful defense of science. A lot of scientists talk about the mystery and wonder of the universe, and of the joy in discovering how it works. Few are capable of actually making you feel that joy and inspiring you to want to learn more. Sagan is one of the later.

(Hat Tip to A Hot Cup of Joe)

Happy Fifth Blogiversary To Me

Yup, five years ago today I wrote my first post. It is kind of hard to believe that I have been around doing this for that long and I am starting to feel like one of the senior citizens in the science blogosphere – but there are others that have been around longer. I had planned on doing a longish, retrospective style post, but that evil Tim White and company just released a bunch of papers on Ardipithecus ramidus which is way more interesting than me waxing nostalgic about the past and hollering at the young punk kids to get off my grass. With that in mind, I’ll probably be blogging about each of the papers in turn – there are a bunch of them (plus a ton of supplementary material).

To all my readers, to all the people who have sent me articles, and to those who have, at one time or another, given me support – mental , scientific, and financial – I would like to say a big