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  • The people in Israel could easily be our families

    07/26/2014 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In her all-out battle with Hamas terrorists, Israel is fighting for the entire civilized world. The Israelis are our side, our family in this war. Call it the “great grandparents” factor: The vast majority of those of us who enjoy the blessings of living in America can trace our good fortune to a decision by our great grandparents to come to America instead of staying where they were or going elsewhere. At the turn of the 20th century, millions of people came to America to build a country and contribute to its greatness. The list of American achievements since then...
  • Today is a Great Day To Remind Democrats of a Fundamental Fact of America's Founding

    07/04/2013 10:22:07 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-4-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone

    02/07/2013 4:04:53 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TBI - Live Science ^ | 2-7-2013 | Tia Ghose
    Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Tia Ghose, LiveScienceFebruary, 2013 . An ancient hominin jawbone unearthed in a Serbian cave may be more than half a million years old. Scientists have unearthed a jawbone from an ancient human ancestor in a cave in Serbia. The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest hominin fossil found in this region of Europe, and may change...
  • The Race Game and Obama's Campaign for 2012

    01/31/2011 3:30:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jack Kerwick
    In a word, race promises to play at least as large a role in the next election as it played in the last presidential race. Rest assured, it is on this that Barack Obama and his cronies are counting. For decades now, whites and non-whites have been engaged in a kind of racial game with one another. Like any other game, when played long enough, it becomes a ritual of a sort. But when it becomes ritualistic, there is an imminent danger that it will be forgotten as play and be treated with a deadly seriousness. This is what has...
  • Scientists say new human relative roamed widely in Asia

    12/25/2010 1:48:33 AM PST · by Islander7 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Star Advertiser ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | MALCOLM RITTER
    NEW YORK — Scientists have recovered the DNA code of a human relative recently discovered in Siberia, and it delivered a surprise: This relative roamed far from the cave that holds its only known remains. By comparing the DNA to that of modern populations, scientists found evidence that these "Denisovans" from more than 30,000 years ago ranged all across Asia. They apparently interbred with the ancestors of people now living in Melanesia, a group of islands northeast of Australia.
  • The Chinese evolved from Indians: Study(along with the Japanese,Koreans and all other east Asians)

    12/11/2009 4:39:58 PM PST · by cold start · 42 replies · 1,887+ views
    DNA ^ | 11th December 2009
    New Delhi: A genetic study has found that Indians are the ancestors of the Chinese and other East Asian populations. The study, a joint project of 10 Asian countries, found that India received a wave of migration from Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago and these early humans subsequently moved to East and Southeast Asia. The earlier belief was that humans from Africa reached India and East and Southeast Asia separately. The study has important implications, especially in the understanding of human migratory patterns and in the investigation of genetics and disease. The findings of the five-year study -- conducted by a...
  • A Darwinist Religious Experience Described

    04/13/2009 8:35:28 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 755+ views
    CEH ^ | April 11, 2009
    A Darwinist Religious Experience Described April 11, 2009 — As millions of Jews just completed Passover, and as millions of Christians gather to celebrate Easter, a Darwinist reporter was experiencing “existential vertigo” – a sweeping sense of dizziness as her imagination zoomed in and out of the implications of her faith. It may be the closest thing that a secular materialist can call a religious experience. And religious experience is an accurate description: it was the outworking of an all-encompassing world view, with ultimate causes, ultimate destinies, moral imperatives, and heavy doses of faith. Amanda Gefter (see her previous attack...
  • Britons Can Trace Australian Ancestors Online

    06/04/2008 4:54:49 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 72+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2008 | Graham Tibbetts
    Britons can trace Australian ancestors online Last Updated: 11:18AM BST 04/06/2008 Sixteen million Britons related to free settlers who colonised Australia will be able to trace their ancestors online from today.AP Records list the Irish ancestors of Nicole Kidman Although often portrayed as a nation of convicts, Australia's early population was largely based on immigrants who voluntarily sailed from Britain in search of a better life. The details of 9 million people who arrived in New South Wales between 1826 and 1922 are to be made available. More than 2 million of them were free settlers from Britain leaving behind...
  • Sorry, but family history really is bunk

    05/08/2008 3:18:15 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 146 replies · 752+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 30th April 2008 | Leo McKinstry
    Leo McKinstry says the current craze for genealogy reflects an unhealthy combination of snobbery and inverse snobbery, and is a poor replacement for national history When I visited the National Archives at Kew last week the place was full of them, scurrying about with their plastic wallets in hand, a look of eager concentration on their faces. It was impossible to escape their busy presence as they whispered noisily to relatives or whooped over the discovery of some new piece of information. These were the followers of one of Britain’s fastest-growing craze, the mania for researching family history. Studying bloodlines...
  • Elephant Ancestors Were Sem-Aquatic

    04/14/2008 7:41:14 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 119+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-15-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Elephant ancestors were semi-aquatic By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 10:01pm BST 14/04/2008 A primitive ancestor of today's elephants grazed in swamps 40 million years ago, according to a study of fossil teeth. The evidence that the ancient relative of today's elephants lived in fresh water is published today by an international team led by an Oxford University scientist. Moeritherium, a 37 million-year-old amphibious relative of elephants The scientists were investigating the lifestyle of the two early elephants - called proboscideans - Moeritherium ('the beast from Lake Moeris') and Barytherium, which looked like a slender version of today's Asian...
  • Today in US history: The Battle of the Washita (1868)

    11/27/2007 10:25:10 AM PST · by drzz · 5 replies · 142+ views
    THE BATTLE OF THE WASHITA (November 27, 1868, Indian territory - modern-day Oklahoma) Gregory F. Michno, ENCYCLOPEDIA of Indian Wars 1850-1890, pages 226-227 "On November 12, 1868 , 11 companies of the 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer, 3 companies of the 3rd Infantry, 1 of the 5th Infantry, 1 of the 38th Infantry, and about 450 wagons set out from Fort Dodgefor Indian territory to seek out hostile Indians. Across a snow-covered landscape Custer followed Indian trails to a 50-lodge Cheyenne village on the banks of the Washita River. Early on the frigid morning of 27 November,...
  • Human Ancestors: More Gatherers Than Hunters?

    11/13/2007 3:11:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 55+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 11-12-2007 | Carl Marziali
    Public release date: 12-Nov-2007 Contact: Carl Marziali 213-219-6347 University of Southern California Human ancestors: more gatherers than hunters? Early humans may have dug potato-like foods with tools, say anthropologists from USC, UC San Diego and UW-Madison Chimpanzees crave roots and tubers even when food is plentiful above ground, according to a new study that raises questions about the relative importance of meat for brain evolution. Appearing online the week of Nov. 12 in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study documents a novel use of tools by chimps to dig for tubers...
  • Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved In Synch, DNA Reveals

    07/26/2007 12:12:38 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 996+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-23-2007 | Hope Hamashige
    Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved in Synch, DNA Reveals Hope Hamashige for National Geographic News July 23, 2007 The tooth of a mastodon buried beneath Alaska's permafrost for many thousands of years is yielding surprising clues about the history of elephants—and humans. A team of researchers recently extracted DNA from the tooth to put together the first complete mastodon mitochondrial genome. The study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, significantly alters the evolutionary timeline for elephants and their relatives. The research may put to rest a contentious debate by showing that woolly mammoths are more closely related to Asian elephants than...
  • Blame That Morning Sickness On Your Ancient Ancestors

    05/14/2007 4:53:30 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 1,626+ views
    Blame that Morning Sickness on Your Ancient Ancestors Author: Karen Barrow Medically Reviewed On: September 01, 2006 Despite its name, morning sickness—nausea and vomiting that is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy—can happen at any time of the day. Up to 90 percent of pregnant women experience this less-than-pleasant side effect, yet scientists are only beginning to understand why running to the bathroom and saltines are a rite-of-passage for moms-to-be. Now, new research has shed some light onto morning sickness, and its roots lie in evolution. Researchers from the University of Liverpool suggest that morning sickness may have...
  • These Legs Were Made For Fighting: Human Ancestors Had Short Legs For Combat

    03/12/2007 6:25:00 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies · 1,662+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-12-2007 | University Of Utah
    Source: University of Utah Date: March 12, 2007 These Legs Were Made For Fighting: Human Ancestors Had Short Legs For Combat, Not Just Climbing Science Daily — Ape-like human ancestors known as australopiths maintained short legs for 2 million years because a squat physique and stance helped the males fight over access to females, a University of Utah study concludes. This drawing of a male gorilla skeleton illustrates their very short legs. Male gorillas fight to gain access to reproductively mature females. Relatively short legs increase the stability and strength of great apes, and should therefore increase fighting performance. A...
  • Cherokees eject slave descendants

    03/04/2007 5:53:01 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 126 replies · 2,988+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2007
    Descendancy stems from the 19th Century Dawes Commission lists Members of the Cherokee Nation of native Americans have voted to revoke tribal citizenship for descendants of black slaves the Cherokees once owned.A total of 76.6% voted to amend the tribal constitution to limit citizenship to "blood" tribe members. Supporters said only the Cherokees had the right to determine tribal members. Opponents said the amendment was racist and aimed at preventing those with African-American heritage from gaining tribal revenue and government funding. The Cherokee Nation has 250,000 to 270,000 members, second only to the Navajo. 'Right to vote' The list...
  • Why Altruism Paid Off For Our Ancestors

    12/07/2006 2:24:36 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 735+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-7-2006 | Richard Fisher
    Why altruism paid off for our ancestors 19:00 07 December 2006 news service Richard Fisher Humans may have evolved altruistic traits as a result of a cultural “tax” we paid to each other early in our evolution, a new study suggests. The research also changes what we knew about the genetic makeup of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The origin of human altruism has puzzled evolutionary biologists for many years (see Survival of the nicest). In every society, humans make personal sacrifices for others with no expectation that it will be reciprocated. For example, we donate to charity, or care for...
  • Dental Detectives Reveal Diet If Ancient Human Ancestors

    11/09/2006 4:59:40 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 613+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 11-9-2006 | Sean Markey
    Dental Detectives Reveal Diet of Ancient Human Ancestors Sean Markey for National Geographic News November 9, 2006 Paranthropus robustus, a dead-end branch of the early human family tree, has been described as a "chewing machine" that was mostly jaws and not much brains. While the label may still apply, pioneering dental detective work has revealed unexpected news about the species' dietary variety. Using lasers to vaporize tiny particles of tooth enamel, researchers in the United States and Great Britain analyzed the chemical makeup of 1.8-million-year-old fossil teeth from four individuals unearthed in the Swartkrans cave site in South Africa. Different...
  • Early Human Ancestors Walked On The Wild Side

    02/16/2006 10:14:54 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 597+ views
    Eureka Alert - ASU ^ | 2-16-2006 | Garu Schwartz - Skip Derra
    Contact: Skip Derra 480-965-4823 Arizona State University Early human ancestors walked on the wild side Tempe, Ariz. -- Arizona State University anthropologist and Institute of Human Origins researcher Gary Schwartz, along with fellow anthropologist Dan Gebo from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, have studied fossil anklebones of some early ancestors of modern humans and discovered that they walked on the wild side. It seems some of our earliest ancestors possessed a rather unsteady stride due to subtle anatomical differences. Schwartz and Gebo's findings will be published in the April 2006 edition of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, but the...
  • Ancient Tools At High Desert Site Go Back 135,000 Years (California)

    11/24/2005 1:02:17 PM PST · by blam · 110 replies · 5,433+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 11-24-2005 | Chuck Mueller
    Ancient tools at High Desert site go back 135,000 years Chuck Mueller, Staff Writer BARSTOW - In the multicolored hills overlooking the Mojave River Valley, the excavation of stone tools and flakes reveals human activities from the distant past. A new system of geologic dating has confirmed that an alluvial deposit bearing the stone tools and flakes at the Calico archaeological site is about 135,000 years old. But the site could even be older. Calico project director Fred Budinger Jr. said a soil sample, taken at a depth of 17 1/2 feet in one of three master pits at the...