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  • Early men and women were equal, say scientists

    10/21/2015 1:53:57 AM PDT · by SteveH · 61 replies
    the guardian (uk) ^ | 14 May 2015 | Hannah Devlin
    Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists. A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their group lives and who they live with. The findings challenge the idea that sexual equality is a recent invention, suggesting that it has been the norm for humans for most of our evolutionary history. Mark Dyble, an anthropologist who led the study at University College London, said: “There is still this wider perception...
  • US man finds lost mother in Amazon tribe (strangest story of the year!)

    05/26/2014 3:02:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Ny Post ^ | May 24, 2014 | Maureen Czllahan
    “I didn’t want my friends to know that my mom’s a naked jungle woman eating tarantulas,” he says today. David’s mother, Yarima, is a member of the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela. In 1978, he (David's Father) was offered Yarima, who was then about 9 to 12. Good was 36. He saw no real problem. After David was born, Kenneth attempted to settle Yarima into modern American domesticity. In 1991, The whole family would return to the Amazon for a documentary. While there, Yarima told Kenneth she would not be going back to America.
  • How Napoleon Chagnon Became Our Most Controversial Anthropologist

    03/16/2013 7:52:12 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 13 replies
    nytimes ^ | Published: February 13, 2013 | EMILY EAKIN
    "At 74, Chagnon may be this country’s best-known living anthropologist; he is certainly its most maligned. His monograph, “Yanomamö: The Fierce People,” which has sold nearly a million copies since it was first published in 1968, established him as a serious scientist in the swashbuckling mode — In turning the Yanomami into the world’s most famous “unacculturated” tribe, Chagnon also turned the romantic image of the “noble savage” on its head. Far from living in harmony with one another, the tribe engaged in frequent chest-pounding duels and deadly inter-village raids; violence or threat of violence dominated social life. The Yanomami,...
  • Anthropologist attacked in Afghanistan has died from burns; man accused of executing the attacker

    01/10/2009 4:25:24 PM PST · by BBell · 64 replies · 2,453+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | January 09, 2009, 11:15 AM
    McLEAN, Va. -- An anthropologist has died of burns she got when was set on fire in Afghanistan in an attack that authorities say prompted her fellow contractor, a New Orleans resident, to kill an Afghan man. Greg Caires, a spokesman for military contractor BAE Systems, says Paula Loyd died Wednesday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio more than two months after she was doused with fuel. The 36-year-old suffered burns over 60 percent of her body. Loyd's job with BAE was to help U.S. soldiers navigate local culture. One of Loyd's colleagues has been charged with second-degree...
  • Best Female Figure Not an Hourglass

    12/03/2008 8:36:45 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 133 replies · 10,773+ views
    An imperfect body might be just what the doctor ordered for women and key to their economic success, an anthropologist now says. While pop culture seems to worship the hourglass figure for females, with a tiny waist, big boobs and curvy hips à la Marilyn Monroe, this may not be optimal, says Elizabeth Cashdan of the University of Utah. That's because the hormones that make women physically stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress also tend to redistribute fat from the hips to the waist. So in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure...
  • Anthropologist Helps Soldiers Understand Iraqis’ Needs

    01/25/2008 2:56:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 56+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. James P. Hunter, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 25, 2008 – With many streets here cluttered with trash and just as many roads bent out of shape, Baghdad can convey an impression of poverty. But something as simple as the produce available here tells a different tale. Marcus Griffin, an anthropologist working for the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, inspects a fruit stand in Ghazaliyah, Iraq, while on patrol Jan. 13, 2008. Griffin is helping soldiers better understand the needs of the Iraqi people. Photo by Sgt. James P. Hunter, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. An anthropologist is helping soldiers and...
  • Colgate Anthropologist Discovers Ancient Tomb In Honduras

    05/30/2007 4:56:48 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Colgate anthropologist discovers ancient tomb in Honduras Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Colgate anthropology professor Allan Maca peers into a section of a tomb in Copan, Honduras, that dates back to the 7th century A.D. (Photo by Raul Mejia) Colgate anthropology professor Allan Maca and a team of researchers have found a previously unknown tomb in Copán, Honduras, dating back to the 7th century A.D. that contained the skeleton of an elite member of ancient Maya society in the city. The unusual characteristics of the tomb’s construction, the human remains, and the artifacts found near the body, according to Maca, paint...
  • Anthropologists Back Native American Claims

    02/15/2007 9:36:08 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 1,186+ views
    Anthropologists Back Native American Claims The case of Kennewick Man – or the Ancient One – as Native Americans refer to him, dragged through the courts for years before Judge John Jelderks found that he could not be defined Native American under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. A recent case regarding repatriation of even older remains and artifacts from Spirit Cave, Nev., suggests that the Kennewick Man case should be used as a legal precedent and that the remains of Spirit Cave Man are not Native American. Four University of New Mexico anthropologists have written an article...
  • Anthropologist Confirms 'Hobbit' Indeed A Seperate (Human) Species

    01/29/2007 4:13:17 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies · 1,766+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-29-2007 | Florida State University
    Florida State University Date: January 29, 2007 Anthropologist Confirms 'Hobbit' Indeed A Separate Species Science Daily — After the skeletal remains of an 18,000-year-old, Hobbit-sized human were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, some scientists thought that the specimen must have been a pygmy or a microcephalic -- a human with an abnormally small skull. Not so, said Dean Falk, a world-renowned paleoneurologist and chair of Florida State University's anthropology department, who along with an international team of experts created detailed maps of imprints left on the ancient hominid's braincase and concluded that the so-called Hobbit was...
  • Prehistoric skeleton found along Lake Travis

    08/28/2006 12:11:13 AM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 42 replies · 3,344+ views
    austin american-statesman ^ | Monday, August 28, 2006 | Marty Toohey
    An archaeology crew excavated what its members think is a prehistoric skeleton from the banks of Lake Travis on Sunday. Evidence at the site indicates that the skeleton is between 700 and 2,000 years old, most likely dating back about 1,000 years, members of the excavation crew said. The nearly intact skeleton is being donated to the University of Texas for further study. The skeleton was found Aug. 9 by an Austin man riding a personal watercraft on Lake Travis. David Houston had pulled onto the sloped southern bank, admiring a nearby house, when he saw a jawbone, teeth and...
  • UD Anthropologist Finds Signs Of Evolution In Ancient Skeleton (Brain Size)

    03/06/2006 11:23:27 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 748+ views
    University Of Delaware ^ | 3-6-2006 | Martin Mbugua
    UD anthropologist finds signs of evolution in ancient skeleton Karen Rosenberg, chairperson and associate professor of anthropology at UD 10:03 a.m., March 2, 2006--Recent analysis of a Stone Age skeleton shows that human brain size relative to body size had increased dramatically from ancestors by the Middle Pleistocene, about 260,000 years ago, Karen Rosenberg, chairperson and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Delaware, said. Rosenberg, who analyzed the fossil with Lü Zuné of Peking University in Beijing and Chris B. Ruff, director of the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...
  • Myth of the Hunter-Gatherer

    08/13/2004 12:07:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 846+ views
    Archaeology ^ | September/October 1999 Volume 52 Number 5 | Kenneth M. Ames
    On September 19, 1997, the New York Times announced the discovery of a group of earthen mounds in northeastern Louisiana. The site, known as Watson Brake, includes 11 mounds 26 feet high linked by low ridges into an oval 916 feet long. What is remarkable about this massive complex is that it was built around 3400 B.C., more than 3,000 years before the development of farming communities in eastern North America, by hunter-gatherers, at least partly mobile, who visited the site each spring and summer to fish, hunt, and collect freshwater mussels... Social complexity cannot exist unless I it...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Anthropologist Sets The Record Straight Regarding Neanderthal Facial Length

    06/17/2003 6:58:40 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 2,929+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-17-2003 | Washington University
    Source: Washington University In St. Louis Date: 2003-06-17 About Face: Washington University Anthropologist Sets The Record Straight Regarding Neandertal Facial Length New scientific evidence challenges a common perception that Neandertals -- a close evolutionary relative to modern humans that lived 230,000 to 30,000 years ago -- possessed exceptionally long faces. Instead, a report authored by Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, shows that modern humans are really the "odd man out" when it comes to facial lengths, which drop off dramatically compared with their ancestral predecessors....
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocks study of Kennewick Man bones! (they just won't let it go!)

    02/24/2003 5:56:23 AM PST · by vannrox · 69 replies · 720+ views
    AP via SF Gate ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2003 | AP Editorial Staff
    <p>Eight anthropologists who want to study an ancient skeleton must want until a federal court has heard an appeal of the case by four Northwest tribes that consider the bones sacred.</p> <p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, made last week, prevents any study of the 9,300-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man, which scientists have sought to examine since 1996.</p>