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Diamond on skin color

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Jared Diamond has a short review article in Nature on the evolution of skin color. This is an old story in anthropology, but it has taken some interesting t...

AL 438-1

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Michelle Drapeau and colleagues (2005) report on the AL 438-1 specimen from Hadar. The specimen consists of "part of the mandible, a frontal bone fragment, ...

P. Z. Myers on the Niobrara formation

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A very interesting post by Pharyngula scribe P. Z. Myers that helps to put the geologic legacy of western Kansas into perspective. This is the part of the s...

An insider's view of the Kansas hearings

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In an article on AlterNet, plant breeder Stan Cox gives an eyewitness account of the Kansas Board of Education hearings on the proposed statewide science st...

Evolution and the female orgasm

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I admit, I was sucked in by a link (via kausfiles) to the Huffington Post. How snarky of me. But I couldn't resist this one:

Human evolution "at the crossroads"

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MSNBC has posted a new entry in its series on "future evolution," this one covering possible scenarios for the evolution of our species in the future. This ...

Welcome to "Higher Ground" listeners!

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If you are coming by because you heard the address on WPR's "Higher Ground" with Jonathan Overby, let me wish you a warm welcome. Feel free to explore a bit...

Playing games with dates

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Two papers in the in the current (May 13, 2005) Science and an accompanying commentary focus on the mtDNA evidence relating to human dispersals into South a...

The mobile Neandertal

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Beauval et al. (2005) report on the anatomy, mtDNA genetics, and archaeological associations of a femur shaft fragment from Les Rochers-de-Villeneuve, Franc...

Keith on Kent's Cavern

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Following up on my earlier post on the Kent's Cavern 4 maxilla: although my library doesn't have back issues of the Proceedings of the Torquay Natural Histo...

Fatness and scarcity revisited

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Via Dienekes: Ember and colleagues (2005) address the question of whether cultural preferences for fatness or thinness in women are related to the prevalanc...

Making cooperation happen

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James Fowler (UC Davis) has an article in the May 10 PNAS that presents a model explaining the benefits that may arise from "altruistic punishment." In this...

MRG selection and the evolution of pain

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I ran across a 2003 paper on the evidence of recent positive selection on the MRG gene family in humans. This gene family is specific to neurons in its acti...

Homo floresiensis on 60 minutes

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This week's (May 1) 60 Minutes on CBS had a report on the hobbit. There is a story on the CBS News website that appears to be a rough transcript. Beware the...

"The Pseudoscience of Intelligent Design"

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There is very nice article at Kuro5hin with that title. The article covers Paley's Argument from Design, Behe's work, the Avida computer simulations, and Po...

Intelligent design "a sterile philosophy"

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The following quote really sums up the problem with "intelligent design" as science, and why it is not taken seriously. It comes from a review by Alan D. Gi...