An Open Letter to Rep. Alan Grayson in Defense of Neanderthals

Dear Rep. Grayson, Although I applaud your stand on health care and you efforts to take the offensive against the Republicans, I do have to take exception to your characterization of Republicans as “…foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals…” This is a gross mischaracterization of Neanderthals on several levels. First, Neanderthals did not drag their feet or knuckles. […]

Stupid Creationist Quote of the Week

Today we have comments by two commenters at UD. First up is a commenter named Barb. Barb left a rather lengthy comment talking about Lucy. The part that earned her a “stupid creationist quote” award is this: The paucity of fossil evidence makes knowing all of human evolutionary history impossible. The best evidence for Lucy […]

What You Can Learn From Bones: When Did We Start Wearing Shoes?

Bioarchaeologists and paleoanthropologists draw on a wide variety of methods in order to analyze bone. The exact technique depends upon the problem being addressed. One technique, associated mainly with Christopher Ruff, that has been around since the late 1970’s involves the use of beam model analysis. In beam model analysis cross sections of bone, perpendicular […]

Note to DaveScot: Hominin Fossils Would Fill a Coffin Many Times Over

Over at UD DaveScot makes a claim profoundly at odds with reality (no surprise there, eh). Specifically, in the thread that about MacCallum’s PLOS article Davescot says: All the hominid fossils we have wouldn’t fill a single coffin. I guess DaveScot doesn’t know that over 400 Neanderthal fossils have been discovered. Many such as at […]

Friday Know Your Primate: Special Neanderthal Edition

Since there has been an overwhelming amount of news concerning Neanderthals lately, I thought it would be a good idea to add to it. The first question the arises is “What the heck is a Neanderthal anyway?” The short answer is that they are a group of hominids that lived from approximately 700,000 to 35,000ish […]

Friday Know Your Primates, Late Edition: Neanderthals

Today, I’m doing something a little different on Know Your Primate. Today we are having a surprise quiz! The quiz is in an essay format and only has one question.

Paleo-Porn From The Archives: Dating the Mladec Skulls

This is a more recent post than some of the others I have pulled from the archives. It is not a strait forward reposting because I have made a few changes here and there and added some more pictures to make the anatomy a little more understandable (I hope). For those of you who do […]

Intelligent Design and Human Evolution: Part II (One from the Archives)

Having provided the necessary background (which Luskin conviniently omitted) I continued my series… Turning to the next section is like a breath of fresh air – even though it’s completely wrong at least it’s capable of being understood.

Intelligent Design and Human Evolution: Part II

Turning to the next section is like a breath of fresh air – even though it’s completely wrong at least it’s capable of being understood. Limitations of Paleoanthropological Methods, Datasets, and Studies In this sections Luskin purports to critique palaeoanthropology. He starts out with a quote by Gould to the effect that “most hominid fossils…are […]