Category Archives: Human evolution

Human Evolution Nov 2019 The Dismal View From The Shoulder Of Orion

What would an off-world viewer think of the current state of palaeoanthropology? In just a week, we’ve had two banana skins for the field to slip up on – and show itself up over. First, the over-hyping of the mitochondrial … Continue reading

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Steve Jones Says Low Human Diversity Due To Cultural Evolution

Aaaarghgh!!!!! But let’s keep calm and start from the beginning… Your DNA is much more like mine than it should be. There should be variation within a species – there should be because it helps any species survive under challenging … Continue reading

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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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Elaine Morgan

Wow. What A Woman we lost yesterday. Why did she affect so many things around her so much? Because she was very spirited and very, very clever. At the age of 84 she still did the crossword in 20-odd minutes. … Continue reading

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