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Dental growth in early Homo

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Dean and colleagues (2001) present a study of perikymata counts of anterior teeth (incisors and canines) in early humans and australopithecines, compared to...

Variation in Australopithecus boisei

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Wood and Lieberman (2002) attempt to systematize the variation in fossil A. boisei. Their hypothesis is that some kinds of craniodental variables may be exp...

Enamel thickness in Afropithecus

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Tanya M. Smith and colleagues (2003) measured the enamel of two Afropithecus molars, examining both their thickness and the periodicity of enamel formation....

The Tangled Bank

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A blog carnival is a selection of self-submitted articles following a theme of topics. A good one in the area of science and medicine is The Tangled Bank.

The life and times of Gigantopithecus

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Russ Ciochon has a very nice article about Gigantopithecus up on his department webpage. The article appeared in Natural History magazine in 1991. It featu...

New hominid from Mille, Ethiopia

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News story on MSNBC I link to the MSNBC news story because it comes with a picture. That tibia (which looks a lot like a distal femur...) is the thickness...

Age of hominids from Sterkfontein

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A recent spate of articles has carried on a debate about the age of the Sterkfontein hominids. Sterkfontein is a complicated site, including several distinc...

Continents of continuity

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Harding and McVean (2005) present a review of current genetic evidence addressing the origin of modern humans. Unlike other recent reviews, they do not pres...

Chemistry and early hominid diets

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The chemical analysis of bones to interpret diet rests on the observation that different foods vary in the composition of different chemical elements or iso...

Diet and mtDNA selection

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Lowell and Shulman (2005) report on the possible links between the metabolic defects underlying type 2 diabetes and mitochondrial dysfunction. These links g...

Biochemistry and intelligent design

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Thanks to a student, I have a link to an opinion in the online edition of the Valley Morning Star from Harlingen, Texas. The column is a long declaration o...


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The Guardian has this story on the ouster of Prof. Dr. Reiner Protsch von Zeiten from the University of Frankfort. In another opportunity for creationists t...