Category Archives: Human evolution

Defending David Attenborough: Groupism And Incompetence

“If you can’t ride two horses at once you shouldn’t be in the bloody circus!” (Jim Callahan; Prime Minister). “Evidence is those observations not well explained by a theory, or not as well explained by one theory as by another.” … Continue reading

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Homo naledi 1: Preliminary Posing

Before actually picking over the bones of the intriguing ancient humans under consideration, let’s consider the intrigues of some of their modern investigators and commentators… Readers will know that the Homo naledi fossils were found mysteriously tucked away at the … Continue reading

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Atul Gawande good, Adam Rutherford and Don Johanson bad.

Adam Rutherford interviewed Don Johanson about Lucy on Inside Science. Immediately something hit you in the eye – or rather the ear – and then something else in the other one: When he saw that elbow bone sticking out of … Continue reading

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“Lucy” still not understood by her discoverer Don Johanson

Deborah Netburn of Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Don Johanson, the discoverer of the important ape-woman Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) forty years ago. It is reported here on phys.org news. Here, I report some of the interview, and insert comments. Below … Continue reading

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Hawks still getting the clocks wrong

Working out the times of important evolutionary events requires us to know “the” speed at which genetic changes accumulate in the genome. This tells us the speed of the genetic clock, allowing us to work out how long ago species … Continue reading

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Sciencepolice report – Brian Cox – Human Universe 1: Apeman – Spaceman

[Update: a very early draft of this went out prematurely!] Brian Cox… on human evolution?! Oh ghod… But I thought I’d better watch it anyway. To be fair, the series was on how we got to explore our place in … Continue reading

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Dominguez-Rodrigo’s said… and Tim White reacted… and D-R retorted…and Barbara King asked why…

Dominguez-Rodrigo’s said… and Tim White reacted… and D-R retorted…and Barbara King asked why… …and John Hawks said “Welcome to Paleoanthropology!” There are some vital issues to be separated and resolved in this mini-drama. First of all, opposing theorists habitually use … Continue reading

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