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posts tagged with "history of anthropology"
Quote: Dobzhansky on borderline cases of species and races
A pioneer in evolutionary genetics emphasizes that species is a real category.
16 Oct 2016
Photo: An early Neandertal life rendering
A snarling profile from 1887 by the artist Guernsey Mitchell.
11 Aug 2016
Some early uses of the term 'missing link' in anthropology
I look deep into the history of 1860s London to see how early anthropologists reacted to Darwin.
09 Aug 2016
Link: Embargo-breakers from the dawn of paleoanthropology
Paige Madison examines the history of how the Taung discovery was first announced to the South African public.
08 Feb 2016
Quote: Franz Boas the pinko
Wilton Krogman, in a historical review on physical anthropology, recounts an encounter with Hoover's men.
07 Feb 2016
Quote: Ales Hrdlicka on the future of anthropology
A founder of American physical anthropology concludes his review of the fossil record.
01 Feb 2016
Link: Skeletons of the mountain gorillas
A researcher describes the process by which the skeletal remains of Rwanda's mountain gorillas are prepared for study.
22 Oct 2015
Link: Homo naledi and digital convergence in paleoanthropology
Looking at the digital practices that underlay the discovery.
21 Oct 2015
A retrospective on the Piltdown doubters
A blog post from Tetrapod Zoology looks at Gerrit Smith Miller and Aleš Hrdlička as critics of the Piltdown specimen.
04 Oct 2015
Link: William King, namer of Homo neanderthalensis
Paige Madison looks into the life of William King, scientist in Ireland who first set Neanderthals apart as a species.
12 Jul 2015
Quote: Dobzhansky on the taxonomic abuse of hominin systematists
'The abuse of generic and specific names by students of the hominid evolution is notorious.'
05 Jul 2015
Quote: Bartholomew and Birdsell on introgressive hybridization
'In many cases, population change must have resulted from gradual genetic penetration, and much of human evolution in the Pleistocene could easily have been powerfully affected by introgressive hybridization.'
05 Jul 2015
Quote: Stanley Garn on the evolution of brain size
'Surely man did not double and nearly redouble his brain size merely to pick up sticks.'
04 Jul 2015
Quote: Dreger on heretics
If you want to get in trouble, study sex.
01 Mar 2015
Raymond Dart and the Russian cast connection
A historian of science brings to light the beginnings of the hominin cast trade.
01 Nov 2014
Bernard Wood interviewed in Current Biology
The describer of the Koobi Fora cranial remains reflects on his history with fossil humans.
31 Oct 2014
A visit to the world's largest body farm
An article in Vox describes the ongoing work of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.
29 Oct 2014
Neandertals inside and outside humanity
A historian of science investigates our perceptions of Neandertals as ancestors throughout the last 150 years.
28 Oct 2014
A Neanderthal memoir
Carl Zimmer reviews Svante Paabo's new book.
19 Apr 2014
Popularity of hominin species names
Google Ngram Viewer shows how species names have been more or less used over the years.
24 Mar 2014
Looking back on Mungo
Jim Bowler's retrospective on the Lake Mungo discoveries.
21 Mar 2014
What happened to Michael Rockefeller?
An article explores one of the mysteries in the history of anthropology.
17 Mar 2014
Leakey, Tobias and Napier on the definition of our genus
The 1964 effort to expand Homo to include the Olduvai fossils assigned to Homo habilis.
25 Feb 2014
Quote: Phillip Tobias on Sherwood Washburn
A note on the role of a proper understanding of history in science.
04 Jan 2014
The brains behind an exhibition
30 Sep 2013
Tim White featured on Science Friday
21 Aug 2013
Quote: Hockett and Ascher on signs and symbols
31 May 2013
Quote: Phillip Tobias on the study of race
16 May 2013
An Australopithecus sediba paean
25 Apr 2013
More on the reclamation proclamation
26 Feb 2013
Anthropology's Spinal Tap problem
26 Feb 2013
Sahlins and Chagnon
25 Feb 2013
Napoleon Chagnon profile
13 Feb 2013
Quote: Inconsistencies of anthropological theory
06 Feb 2013
Phrenology, race and history
05 Feb 2013
Quote: Fossey on Louis Leakey's sense of humor
15 Jan 2013
A review article and blog post present a complex picture of a central figure in the history of anthropology.
21 Nov 2012
Quote: H.G. Wells on lacunar reading
20 Nov 2012
Quote: Brub and the Boas Bowl
15 Oct 2012
Quote: Ashley-Montagu and his zingers
08 Oct 2012
J. Barnard Davis and the variation within races
02 Jul 2012
24 Jun 2012
Paleoanthropologist Phillip V. Tobias dies
08 Jun 2012
Quote: Geertz on the variable
05 Jun 2012
Quote: Sapir on the slipshod
20 May 2012
Quote: Malinowski's Metropolis
20 May 2012
Quote: Ruth Benedict on pugnacity
29 Apr 2012
Quote: E. E. Evans-Pritchard on social anthropology and humanities
06 Apr 2012
Quote: Johanson and White on comparing samples
31 Mar 2012
Quote: Marshall Sahlins on Claude Levi-Strauss
28 Mar 2012
Quote: Edward Sapir on language and social reality
28 Mar 2012
Quote: Radcliffe-Brown on anthropology as a science
27 Mar 2012
Anthropological theory and ethnography summer course
25 Mar 2012
New Peking Man report
22 Mar 2012
Mailbag: Boas and "unconventional models" of American prehistory
06 Mar 2012
Random Scholar: "Plenty of genuine tails"
26 Feb 2012
Piltdown and Presapiens
The intellectual legacy of a hoax and its effect on our view of Neandertals as ancestors
06 Feb 2012
Aleut origins and relationships
A news article covers research into the history of Aleut populations.
15 Jan 2012
Quote: Marshall Sahlins on relevance
19 Dec 2011
When anthropological and geological facts collide
Weidenreich's introduction to the Sinanthropus cranial monograph illuminates some issues I'm facing with ancient genomes.
28 Nov 2011
White on books
18 Oct 2011
Florida: Anthropologists not wanted
11 Oct 2011
What's wrong with anthropology?
I link to my essay in Anthropologies, which calls for greater engagement by anthropologists.
05 Oct 2011
The great world CT-scanning tour
Der Spiegel profiles the Max-Planck CT-scanning trek to Israel, raising the politics of data access.
16 Sep 2011
A Lucy remembrance
10 Sep 2011
Photo: Abbe Breuil
26 Aug 2011
Charles Knight Neandertals
24 Aug 2011
Gould's "Unconscious Manipulation of Data"
A team of anthropologists finds that Stephen Jay Gould systematically misrepresented the work of Samuel George Morton.
08 Jun 2011
17 May 2011
AMNH Leakey-Johanson event
04 May 2011
Quote: Hrdlicka's blackboard
18 Mar 2011
Weidenreich and the Hittite Goddess
16 Mar 2011
Quote: Barbara J. King on anthropology
20 Feb 2011
Dreger into Darkness
20 Feb 2011
Milford and Razib on bloggingheads.tv
19 Feb 2011
Anthropology is a brand that's lost all respect. Younger anthropologists have become entrepreneurs building their own brands.
15 Feb 2011
Boas goes low
05 Feb 2011
Mailbag: Loren Eiseley
23 Jan 2011
Kerfufflists or kerfufflers?
18 Jan 2011
Quote: Washburn on early theories of human evolution
16 Jan 2011
Quote: Peter Wood on anthropology
09 Jan 2011
Mailbag: Anthropology in transition
14 Dec 2010
Anthropology in transition
12 Dec 2010
Morris Goodman obituary
20 Nov 2010
05 Nov 2010
03 Oct 2010
"Neandertal stimulation": Weckler and biogeography
A 1954 paper expresses a very modern perspective on climate and Neandertal evolution
25 Sep 2010
An ape by any other name
30 Aug 2010
Quote: Louis Leakey and the destruction of mankind
10 Mar 2010
Quote: Popular Science on 1929
08 Mar 2010
Quote: Popular Science on Taung (1924)
06 Mar 2010
Quote: Coon on Boskop
06 Jan 2010
"They've learned nothing"
11 Dec 2009
03 Nov 2009
Coon hunts the yeti
28 Aug 2009
Quote: Earnest Hooton on Piltdown
22 Aug 2009
Quote: Earnest Hooton on the trouble with teeth
04 Aug 2009
The end of four-field anthropology at Harvard
08 Jun 2009
27 May 2009
Polly Wiessner profile
25 May 2009
Archaeology informing the modern
17 May 2009
Grover Krantz on exhibit
19 Apr 2009
P. T. Barnum's gorilla
01 Mar 2009
Gorilla snippets from the 1800's
01 Mar 2009
Grover Krantz profile
24 Feb 2009
Ashley Montagu on recent evolution
22 Jan 2009
Plain statements on race, from Earnest Hooton (1936)
04 Dec 2008
Kulturkreise of the Paleolithic Era
25 Nov 2008
Julian Steward and the logic of diffusion
30 Oct 2008
Early concepts of cultural diffusion: the Boasians
27 Oct 2008
Robert Lowie on anthropology and psychology
23 Oct 2008
17 Oct 2008
Sahlins on Leslie White
24 Sep 2008
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