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Ancient Sculpture Garden Was Built by Neandertals

In a cave in France archaeologists have found some of the oldest human constructions ever discovered but no one knows what they are. Nature Video takes a look.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on May 25, 2016. It is a Nature Video production.

May 27, 2016 — Nature Video
Piltdown Man Came from <em>The Lost World</em>... Well, No, It Didn't

Piltdown Man Came from The Lost World... Well, No, It Didn't

In 1908, amateur geologist and solicitor Charles Dawson claimed the discovery of a new and exciting fossil that, so it was thought, shed substantial light on the ancestry of humans. Dubbed Piltdown man, and technically named Eoanthropus dawsoni, it was (... spoiler...) eventually shown to be a hoax – one of the most nefarious, infamous and successful scientific hoaxes of all time.You know all of this already. In the previous article we looked at the fact that Piltdown man never was accepted with open arms by the scientific community as a whole. On the contrary, experts in the U.K, U.S. and continental Europe all expressed considerable doubt about the homogeneity of the material. But there are a great many stories attached to the Piltdown man arc, and this time I’m going to cover another one

October 9, 2015 — Darren Naish
Piltdown Man and the Dualist Contention

Piltdown Man and the Dualist Contention

One of the most fascinating episodes in the history of palaeontology is that of Piltdown man, an alleged human ancestor discovered in 1908 at Piltdown in Sussex, England. Formally named Eoanthropus dawsoni in 1912, Piltdown man matched early 20th century expectations of what a human ancestor might be like. It combined a large brain with an ape-like jaw (therefore confirming ideas that the evolution of big brains led the way in hominin evolution), and it lived in Europe (confirming ideas that hominin evolution was a Eurasian event, the hominins of Africa and tropical Asia being divergent irrelevancies or side-branches). The African australopithecines had yet to be discovered, nor had scarcely any of the wealth of fossil African hominins we know of today.

October 3, 2015

The Obligation of Gifts

For those of you with Christmas trees, they probably look a little barren following the unwrapping of presents. What did you get for Christmas?

December 26, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

Science and common sense are alike grounded in human experience. Yet these ways of thinking about things are often in conflict. Sometimes the simplicity of most commonsense explanations can make it hard to win people over to the complexity and uncertainties of most scientific arguments.

December 12, 2014 — John Edward Terrell, Termeh Shafie and Mark Golitko
Thanksgiving and the Slanderous Myth of the Savage Savage

Thanksgiving and the Slanderous Myth of the Savage Savage

The approach of Thanksgiving, that quintessential American holiday, has me brooding once again over slanderous scientific portrayals of Native Americans as bellicose brutes.* When I was in grade school, my classmates and I wore paper Indian headdresses and Pilgrim hats and reenacted the "first Thanksgiving," in which supposedly friendly Native Americans joined Pilgrims for a [...]

November 24, 2014 — John Horgan
What can teeth tell us about our prehistoric ancestors?

What can teeth tell us about our prehistoric ancestors?

Our distant past is just that: the distant past. It’s this murky place that science is slowly filling in but the landscape still largely exists just on the periphery of our imagination, and it’s dominated by raw, somewhat violent natures.

July 16, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
&#8220;Rethinking Home&#8221; with Citizen Anthropologists

“Rethinking Home” with Citizen Anthropologists

There is something to be said for having a space that you call home. It grounds you in social and cultural ways. As much as your home is a reflection of who you are, it also becomes a mirror for larger social observances.

July 15, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

The Stories Our Refrigerators Tell

The refrigerator gives us a claimable space that serves as a center in our home. In fact, if you were spend 10 minutes anywhere in someone's home, I'd argue that the refrigerator would probably tell you the most about that person.

May 20, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

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