Late on Four Stone Hearth

Four Stone Hearth will be up tonight. I am running late on it, which means you still have time to get your submissions in – I only have one so far. My email address is on the “About” tab.

I will be hosting the next edition of the Four Stone Hearth this evening so send you submissions to me – there is still time! My email address in on the about tab.

Call for Submissions: Four Stone Hearth in Two Days

I will be hosting the next edition of the Four Stone Hearth on 04/27 so send you submissions to me. My email address in on the about tab.

Know Your Primate: Parapapio broomi

Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Tribe: Papionini
Genus: Parapapio
Species: Parapapio broomi

The genus Parapaio is composed of four species: Parapapio jonesi, Parapapio whitei, Parapapio broomi, and Parapapio antiquus. The picture of Parapapio broomi below is that of a specimen from Bolt’s Farm and dates to about 2 MYA (the picture is somewhat distorted the snout is not as long as in a but is longer than in b. I have been unable to correct the distortion but the original picture can be found here). Parapapio broomi has also been found at Sterkfontein.

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A Friendly Reminder to Contemporary Paleoanthropologists From L. S. B. Leakey

Years ago, as part of an honors project for a physical anthropology class, I was assigned a number of books to read. One of which was Adam’s Ancestors by L. S. B. Leakey. I haven’t read it since, but the other day I decided to buy a copy – the revised version published in 1960 – and was amused to read this in the prologue: Continue reading

Australopithecus sediba in the news

There are a couple of news articles on Australopithecus sediba. The first, at Science News concerns a presentation by Darryl de Ruiter at the AAPA meetings. Continue reading

The 116th Four Stone Hearth is up

It can be found here and contains many excellent posts, check it out!

In Memoriam: Lewis Binford

SMU’s website is reporting that Lewis Binford has passed away. Binford passed away on 04/11 in Kirksville, Missouri. From SMU:

Binford first gained attention in 1962 as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago when he wrote a path-breaking article in American Antiquity proposing that archaeologists abandon their emphasis on cataloguing artifacts and instead study what the artifacts revealed about prehistoric cultures. The proposition launched what is now known as “New Archaeology.”

“Lewis Binford led the charge that pushed, pulled and otherwise cajoled archaeology into becoming a more scientific enterprise,” says David Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory at SMU. “The impact of his work was felt not only here in America, but around the world. Much of how we conceptualize and carry out archaeology in the 21st century is owed to Lew’s substantial legacy.”

Update One 04/15/11: Also, see Abnormal Interests, Archaeoblog, and Bone Girl.

Four Stone Hearth Changes

Note: The next edition is tomorrow at APE.

I would Like to thank Krystal at Anthropology in Practice for filling during my hiatus. She did a wonderful job and has agreed to stay on as co-admin – pending the completion of some projects. Continue reading

Changes in Primatology

I was looking through the archives for the publications of the American Museum of Natural History (they are open access and available here) when I came across a set of plates for the AMNH expedition to the Congo that ran from 1909-1915. The plates displayed primates sampled by the expedition – one of which is below. Continue reading