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Keyword: anthropology

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  • Step Aside Lucy; It’s Ardi Time (Temple of Darwin: WE ARE NO LONGER DESCENDED FROM APES!)

    10/05/2009 6:44:21 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 74 replies · 3,161+ views
    CEH ^ | October 2, 2009
    Oct 2, 2009 — A new fossil human ancestor has taken center stage. Those who love Lucy, the australopithecine made famous by Donald Johanson (and numerous TV specials), are in for a surprise. Lucy is a has been. Her replacement is not Desi Arnaz, but is designated Ardi, short for Ardipithecus ramidus – the new leading lady in the family tree. Actually, she has been around for years since her discovery in Ethiopia in 1992. It has taken Tim White and crew 15 years to piece together the bones that were in extremely bad condition. But now, Ardi has made...
  • Ardipithecus again: a recylcled ape-man (find out real reason "Ardi" making headlines)

    10/04/2009 8:11:34 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 1,251+ views
    CMI ^ | October 5, 2009 | Dr. Carl Wieland
    The papers and news sites are full of claims about what some still think is a “new” candidate for an evolutionary ancestor of humans. Called Ardipithecus ramidus (often just “Ardi”), most of the articles actually explain that it’s really a detailed reanalysis of a fossil category that’s been around for years, but still the phones run hot with concerned creationists or gloating skeptics. Perhaps this is not surprising, given the journalistic temptation to run with headlines such as “Before Lucy came Ardi, new earliest hominid found”—even though the article itself states that the bones were first discovered in 1994!1 In...
  • News to Note, October 3, 2009 (with a special report on “Ardi”, the latest icon of evolution)

    10/03/2009 9:20:40 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 923+ views
    AiG ^ | October 3, 2009
    1. Meet “Ardi”Evolutionists aren’t yet sure if they should call it a human ancestor, but one thing they do know is that “Ardi” does away with the idea of a “missing link.”Although first discovered in the early 1990s, the bones of Ardipithecus ramidus are only now being nominated for evolutionists’ fossil hall of fame—via a slew of papers in a special issue of the journal Science. In it, Ardi’s researchers describe the bones and make the case that Ardi is even more important in the history of human evolution than Lucy. Despite claims of its evolutionary significance, one of the...
  • Bones of “Ardi,” New Human Evolution Fossil, “Crushed Nearly to Smithereens” (LOL!!!)

    10/02/2009 3:27:36 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 45 replies · 3,417+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 2, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Bones of “Ardi,” New Human Evolution Fossil, “Crushed Nearly to Smithereens” Another new alleged missing link has been found, if you consider something discovered in the early 1990’s new. This fossil seems to have spent almost as much time under the microscope at Berkeley as it did in the ground in Ethiopia, when it was first buried about 4.4 million years ago. Why did it take over 15 years for the reports on this fossil to finally be published, besides the fact that it allowed more time for planning the now-customary PR campaign? A 2002 article in Science explains exactly...
  • Did apes descend from us? (first evos say we descended from apes, now say other way around...LOL!!!)

    10/02/2009 11:00:06 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 109 replies · 2,335+ views
    The Star ^ | October 1, 2009 | Joseph Hall
    Did apes descend from us? Skeleton of Ardi, 1.2-metre, 50-kilogram female may hold the clue Joseph Hall Science writer It may well be the closest we will ever come to the missing link between chimps and humans and the most important anthropological find ever. In a series of studies released today by the journal Science, researchers have revealed a creature that took the first upright steps toward human beings and fundamentally changes the way we look at our earliest evolutionary ancestors. The research brings into question the belief that our most distant ancestors descended from apes. What's closer to the...
  • 'Ardi,' Oldest Human Ancestor, Unveiled

    10/01/2009 8:12:17 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 31 replies · 2,865+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | October 1, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
    The world's oldest and most complete skeleton of a potential human ancestor -- named "Ardi," short for Ardipithecus ramidus -- has been unveiled by an international team of 47 researchers. Their unprecedented, 17-year investigation of Ardi is detailed in a special issue of the journal Science.
  • Obama's Ancient Leadership Style (Psycho-analysis from a parallel universe)

    09/14/2009 8:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 757+ views
    Psychology Today ^ | November 21, 2008 | Christopher Ryan
    In an earlier post, we wrote a bit about the differences between modern politics and the approach taken by our pre-agricultural ancestors. When thinking about these issues (modern vs. pre-ag), it's important to understand that while our experience of the modern is (obviously) more immediate, the experience of those who lived in that long dawn before agriculture was far more lasting, and thus is more likely to find reflection in our deepest patterns of thought and feeling. If we agree that our species, modern Homo sapiens came into being around 200,000 years ago, and the earliest evidence of agriculture is...
  • Anthropology assistant professor uncovers genetic patterns

    09/04/2009 11:58:25 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 734+ views
    OU Daily ^ | 03 Sep 2009 | Jared Rader
    New reseach challenges previous theories of continent population New questions of human origin could shed light on what makes groups of people more or less prone to certain diseases, an OU researcher has found. Cecil Lewis, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the OU Molecular Anthropology laboratory, studied genetic diversity among American populations. His research is not only groundbreaking for anthropology but it could also affect future health research. “I made a number of surprising discoveries, some of which actually applied to the Americas as a whole,” Lewis said. Lewis’ research, which was recently published in the American Journal...
  • Living, Growing Architecture[Heavy Graphics Warning]

    09/03/2009 6:40:54 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 1,422+ views
    DRB ^ | 02 Sep 2009 | Dylan Thuras
    Living Architecture: Growing your house, one chair at a time Plants are amazing: they provide food, air, medicine, and material with which we can create buildings, furniture, and art. But through an ancient yet obscure craft, still-living plants can themselves be turned into bridges, tables, ladders, chairs, works of art, and even buildings. Known variously as botanical architecture, tree sculpture, tree-shaping, tree-grafting, pooktre, arborsculpture, and arbortecture, the craft is, at its essence, construction with living plants. The concept seems to date back to prehistoric times. Perhaps the oldest examples are the living bridges of Cherrapunjee, India. 1. Root Bridges of...
  • “My Genes Made Me do It!”

    08/26/2009 10:36:12 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 19 replies · 1,001+ views
    American Vision ^ | Aug 26, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    The response to my article “Reba McEntire says “Don’t Judge Homosexuals” was encouraging. Not all agreed. That’s OK. American Vision is about exposing errors in reasoning in addition to putting forth a coherent biblical worldview. One poster wrote the following: I’m so sick of the anti-homosexual rants among professed religious people. There is overwhelming evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. If it isn’t a choice, it cannot properly be thought of as sin. Many studies have shown the homosexual brain is physically different from heterosexual brains. Additionally, studies have shown that the occurrence of homosexuality is statistically unchanged among...
  • Family, Sex, Anthropology, and Marriage

    08/13/2009 12:38:32 AM PDT · by ronnietherocket2 · 14 replies · 2,290+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | July 28, 2003 | Peter Wood
    Want to know what it really means for a society to recognize “gay marriage”? Or for a society to permit polygamy? Or when the stigma on out-of-wedlock birth disappears? Care to know what happens to a human community that tolerates sexual experimentation among pre-adolescents and teenagers? Are fathers and mothers really interchangeable? ... Among the Etoro, a tribe of about 400 living by hunting and small-scale gardening in the Stickland-Bosavi district of Papua New Guinea, from around age 12, every boy is “inseminated” orally more or less daily by a young man who is assigned to him as a partner....
  • DNA confirms coastal trek to Australia

    07/29/2009 8:11:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 727+ views
    ABC ^ | 24 July 2009 | Nicky Phillips
    DNA evidence linking Indian tribes to Australian Aboriginal people supports the theory humans arrived in Australia from Africa via a southern coastal route through India, say researchers.The research, lead by Dr Raghavendra Rao from the Anthropological Survey of India, is published in the current edition of BMC Evolutionary Biology.One theory is that modern humans arrived in Australia via an inland route through central Asia but Rao says most scientists believe modern humans arrived via the coast of South Asia.But he says there has never been any evidence to confirm a stop-off in India until now.Rao and colleagues sequenced the mitochondrial...
  • Ancient Gem-Studded Teeth Show Skill of Early Dentists

    05/20/2009 6:15:25 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 1,922+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | May 18, 2009
    The glittering "grills" of some hip-hop stars aren't exactly unprecedented. Sophisticated dentistry allowed Native Americans to add bling to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago, a new study says. Ancient peoples of southern North America went to "dentists"—among the earliest known—to beautify their chompers with notches, grooves, and semiprecious gems, according to a recent analysis of thousands of teeth examined from collections in Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (such as the skull above, found in Chiapas, Mexico). Scientists don't know the origin of most of the teeth in the collections, which belonged to people living...
  • Duke to publish dissertation by Obama's mother

    05/04/2009 7:56:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 792+ views
    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A dissertation written by President Barack Obama's late mother is being published. Duke University Press said Monday that an edited version of Ann Dunham's anthropological study about rural craftsmen in Indonesia is scheduled to reach stores this fall. Dunham completed the study three years before she died in 1995. Duke marketing manager Emily Young said the foreword was written by the president's half-sister and Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng (so-TOR'-oh ING). The book is based on Ann Dunham's 14 years of research among village workers on the Indonesian island of Java.
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (SEE FIRST STORY!)

    04/18/2009 11:57:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 1,082+ views
    AiG ^ | April 18, 2009
    Read these stories and much more by clicking the excerpt link below: 1. Wall Street Journal: “Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions” 2. ScienceNOW: “Our Ancestors Were No Swingers” 3. National Geographic News: “First Tool Users Were Sea Scorpions?” 4. LiveScience: “Three Subgroups of Neanderthals Identified” 5. BBC News: “Stem Cells ‘Can Treat Diabetes’” (adult stem cells, that is...) 6. New Scientist: “Praying to God Is Like Talking to a Friend” And much much more at...
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    04/11/2009 8:33:17 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 3 replies · 433+ views
    AiG ^ | April 11, 2009
    In this week's installment: 1. PhysOrg: “In Search of the Original Flapper[—]New Theory on Evolution of Flight” Can evolutionists rescue their own model of bird origins? 2. ScienceNOW: “Oldest Stone Blades Uncovered” Stone blades from more than 500,000 years ago: the work of an alleged human ancestor or someone playing Survivorman? 3. BBC News: “Jews Celebrate ‘Dawn of Creation’” People around the world celebrated a recent, literal creation this week. 4. The Local: “Creationists Taking on Evolution in Germany” In February we noted a Der Spiegel article on European creationists (which followed a Guardian article that covered British creationists). Now...
  • Armed' chimps go wild for honey

    03/19/2009 8:27:42 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 12 replies · 1,290+ views
    BBC ^ | 11:06 GMT, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 | Rebecca Morelle
    Cameras have revealed how "armed" chimpanzees raid beehives to gorge on sweet honey. Scientists in the Republic of Congo found that the wild primates crafted large clubs from branches to pound the nests until they broke open. The team said some chimps would also use a "toolkit" of different wooden implements in a bid to access the honey and satisfy their sweet tooth. The study is published in the International Journal of Primatology. Crickette Sanz, from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said: "The nutritional returns don't seem to be that great.
  • CU professor finds evidence of extinct camels in Boulder

    02/25/2009 3:28:15 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 872+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | February 25, 2009 | Laura Snider
    Cache of tools found in Boulder yard used to butcher ice-age camels, horses. The “chink” of the impact sounded odd, so the crew poked around, and just 18 inches beneath the soil surface they made an extraordinary find: 83 stone tools left in a cache 13,000 years ago by people who used the sharpened rocks to butcher ice-age camels. “Sometimes they’re interesting things, and sometimes they’re just cool rocks,” said Bamforth, who studies the culture and tools of Paleoindians, who lived in the Boulder area at the end of the last ice age. But a good anthropologist leaves no rock...
  • 13,000-year-old tools unearthed at Colorado home

    02/26/2009 5:30:42 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 36 replies · 2,155+ views ^ | Thu Feb 26 | ALYSIA PATTERSON
    Landscapers were digging a hole for a fish pond in the front yard of a Boulder home last May when they heard a "chink" that didn't sound right. Just some lost tools. Some 13,000-year-old lost tools. They had stumbled onto a cache of more than 83 ancient tools buried by the Clovis people — ice age hunter-gatherers who remain a puzzle to anthropologists. The home's owner, Patrick Mahaffy, thought they were only a century or two old before contacting researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder. "My jaw just dropped," said CU anthropologist Douglas Bamforth, who is leading a study of...
  • 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...