All posts tagged with humor

A paleoanthropological Thanksgiving

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This is Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., and friends on my social feeds have been forwarding a proverb: “When you have more than you need, build a longer ta...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 21

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Chris Mooney reviews the book, Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us by Avi Tuschman, in an article in Washington Monthly: “The O...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 20

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I was just telling an audience of 500 the other day that Neandertals were really not very much like professional athletes. Now this, from BusinessWeek: “NFL ...

"I Believe in Gene Flow"

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Mindy Pitre forwarded me a video done by her undergraduate students at St. Lawrence University, and I just had to share it. It is about as adorable as cavema...

The stress-free professoriate

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I have to drive some more traffic to this post on Forbes’ website (“The least stressful jobs of 2013”), because it has me laughing out loud. Number one on th...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 17

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Let no one say that I’m an uncritical voice about the many advantages of releasing preprints. They do have their downsides. Lack of editing is one.

Moonies of Bethesda

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Highly recommended for Friday: Michael Eisen on “Is the NIH a cult?”

MacGuffin

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The headline of this Guardian story really says it all: “Priceless Tibetan Buddha statue looted by Nazis was carved from meteorite”.

Neanders got no reason

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Razib Khan raises the question whether Neandertal cloning could be ethical, and a varied comment thread quickly ensues.

The Woody Allen of animals

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I’ve been offline for the past several days on a family vacation. So I get back and what do I find in my feed reader?

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 16

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Barbara King joins the Neandertal Anti-Defamation League with her new post at NPR: “Giving Neanderthals Some Respect (Especially In An Election Year)”.

Peer review in Castle Wolfenstein

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“Peer fortress: The scientific battlefield” uses first-person shooter gaming characters to put a humorous spin on scientific peer review. Six characters that...

Pandagate

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I have to note this brouhaha from across the Atlantic: along with Pippa Middleton, Gabrielle Giffords and others…

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 14

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Another Geico commercial tonight during college football bowl season: Geico Caveman is playing Scrabble with some famous NFL player. Caveman plays “CAT” and ...

Over coffee

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G: Guess what Daddy and I learned last night? I'm more Neandertal than he is!

Hollywood's war on Shakespeare

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The New York Times Magazine tries for a new record in academic killjoy columns: “Wouldnt It Be Cool if Shakespeare Wasnt Shakespeare?”

Photo

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Our Lady of Eternal Osteology:

Fun with Hawass quotes

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The Guardian writes about the amazing comeback of Zahi Hawass (“Egypt’s man from the past who insists he has a future”). Whether it’s a comeback or just an u...

Frinking around Titan

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From an article about exploring Saturn’s moon, Titan, I have never in my life seen a scientist quote that sounds more like something Professor Frink would sa...

Finals season

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This is the time of year when hapless students all over the world turn to my blog to answer their exam questions.

Best open letter ever

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I so totally wish I’d thought of this first: “An Open Letter To People Who Think They Have Found The Artifact That Will Change Archaeology As We Know It”

The "gay caveman"

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I am just about to go crazy today. I just can’t seem to escape the “gay caveman” story.

Mac attack

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From satirical site Glossy News: “Painting of Big Mac Found in Neanderthal Cave”.

Quote: Hrdlicka's blackboard

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Here’s a quote from Ales Hrdlicka’s report on “Lansing Man” – a skeleton found near Lansing, Kansas in 1902, which was proposed as extremely early evidence o...

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 11

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Slate has an editorial by Farhad Manjoo, featuring the idiocy of people who write crank letters to NPR (“We Listen to NPR Precisely To Avoid This Sort of Stu...

Kaku cockup

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I can’t bear to watch it again, and I don’t see why I should tolerate anyone else having to watch it. But I can’t sit quietly while physicist Michio Kaku tel...

Winter's Bone

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Before anyone asks: Yes, I’m aware of the Academy’s unfortunate misspelling.

Tomb raiders

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Cracked.com features “8 Famous Fictional Archaeologists Who Suck At Their Job”.

Neandertal anti-defamation files, 8

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OK, at ScienceOnline2011 I did a little bit of talking about Neandertals represented in art. So this entry in the NAD files truly pains me.

Overheard

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GOODWIN: Are atoms made of smaller atoms? ME: No, atoms are made of smaller particles, called protons, neutrons and electrons. GOODWIN: I’m a neutron and you...

Poster Venn

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I love the Poster Venn diagram” from Better Posters – stuff people usually put on academic posters intersected with what viewers care about. So I won’t cut a...

Neandertal headlines

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For two weeks I’ve been reading news feeds about how volcanoes killed the Neandertals. I mean, seriously:

Neandercomic

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A comic-page exposition of Neandertal DNA is online from Scientific American MIND.

Gleek out

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OMG! Sue Sylvester said “hominid!”

Gene expunction

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So, it’s a perfectly ordinary story about epigenetics and how the methylation of some genes may be correlated with BMI. But what I don’t understand is the he...

Greeks bearing gifts

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A reader writes: “A good argument to require introductory anthropology”:

Quote: SpongeBob on extra credit

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MRS. PUFF: Congratulations, SpongeBob, you pass! SPONGEBOB: But Mrs. Puff, I don't feel like I've really done anything. MRS. PUFF: That's how extra credit is...

Starr

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Ringo Starr turns 70 years old today. Many are reminiscing about some music group he was apparently part of. As for myself, I will forever treasure his geniu...

Neanderate yourself

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If you want to give yourself a caveman (or cavewoman) makeover, well, now there’s an app for that:

Over coffee

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ME: Sophie! You’re lying down on the job, frittering your young life away!

Quote: Marge Simpson on evolution

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The local station is playing the “creationism” episode of The Simpsons today – maybe in honor of Darwin this week? A Marge Simpson quote from the end:

Fiat lux

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From The Onion:

O. M. says

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Happy New Year, from One Million B. C.:

Blammo!

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From The Onion:

Panda diktat

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I haven’t been blogging quite as often, but you can see I’ve been busy with other business:

Food notes

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I’m laughing so hard it hurts:

Vampire odontology

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Lawn Chair Anthropology: “Halloween special: Heterotopy, pleiotropy, and the origins of vampires”

Unpersuaded

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EXTREME PILBEAM ON LOVEJOY ACTION!!!!

Pandas stripped from the headlines

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A reader forwarded the news about a new baby panda at the San Diego Zoo. Now, I know everybody expects to get their hot panda news here, but the video was ba...

Over coffee

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Scene opens: Geico cavemen bowling commercial

Shamone

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Funny, this didn’t stand out to me at the Field when we were there last…

Quote: Jerry Hall genetics

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There was a really stupid article in the Times (UK) yesterday: “Women are getting more beautiful”. You know I don’t say that lightly. But I had to quote what...

Prehistoric Planet

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Strange experience of today: hearing Christian Slater explain to me how to integrate myself into australopithecine society.

Over coffee

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GRETCHEN: Crazy Like a Fox? Where do you think you are, 1984?

Provenience

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Bracey said he bought the skulls as a teenager on a family trip to Egypt. But he buried them years later when his wife said she didn't want them around any l...

Makin' bacon

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From the “AntiCraft”: instructions for making the ultimate bacon tiara:

Political ads, 1796 edition

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In this political season, those of us in “battleground states” are looking back to the political ads of 1796:

Over coffee

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GREEDO: Going somewhere, Solo?

Pandas

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Finally, a panda story I can get on board with:

Quote: High Priests of Anthropology

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Reading through the introduction to Archaeology and Language, by Roger Blench and Matthew Spriggs (1998), I thought this quote was great:

Paisley Caves Jenkins interview

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On Monday’s “NewsHour”, PBS ran an interview with archaeologist Dennis Jenkins, who worked on the Paisley Caves human-DNA-containing scat.

Over coffee

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John: I got the strangest e-mail today. It was from the University -- they wanted me to fill out "an important survey from Homeland Security."

Celebrity health quackery, 1

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I've been noticing lately an awful lot of stories in which some celebrity blithely espouses total pseudo-medical mumbo-jumbo. Since celebrities exist only t...

Beer drinking scientists…vindicated?

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Last week's story about the negative correlation between beer consumption and scientific productivity has brought out the cutting crew. In this blog post at...

10,000 B[rainless] C[ontent]?

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The movie, 10,000 B.C., blew away the competition last weekend, with an estimated $35.7 million in US box office receipts.

Quote: Extra credit

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Spongebob: But Mrs. Puff, I don't feel like I really did anything.

Robot love affairs: the dark side

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Product design guru Donald Norman looks at this year's crop of "smart" machines in this NY Times article, and reminds us why future robot sex ain't all it's...

Dawn of the Robopanda

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It's cute, it hugs its own little toy, and it's brought to you by WowWee, the same nice people who built the "Alive" Chimpanzee. It's beginning to smell lik...

Quote: Skunk apes

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My little girl, Sadie, couldn't sleep last night and we sat up watching a show about the "Skunk Ape" of the South. She loved it! Well, today I happened acro...

Quote: Dart on the savanna model

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Raymond Dart (p. 198 of Australopithecus africanus, the man-ape of South Africa, Nature 115:195-199, 1925), summing up why hominids might have lived in what...

Over coffee

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GRETCHEN: You mean that I wouldn't have been tall enough to leave Africa?

Quote: Darwin's beetle-poppin' youth

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Charles Darwin, p. 50 in The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter, vol. 1., edited by Francis Darwin, John Murray, Lond...

Quote: Hooker on skepticism

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Joseph Hooker, commenting on an address by Lord Kelvin concerning achievements in mathematics, in a letter to Charles Darwin, August 5, 1871:

Quote of the day

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Bernard Wood, quoted in Ann Gibbons' story about KNM-ER 42700:

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Scooby and the gang, in "Never Ape and Ape Man", 1969:

Panda poop story has legs

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My headline being an homage to the legless panda story earlier this month, I note the continued interest in panda dung recycling, which has now combined wit...

The Hawks weblog mailbag

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I always get the most interesting mail right after any kind of news interview. Here's the best from last week:

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Ego Seeman, on page 4583 of "Sexual dimorphism in skeletal size, density, and strength," J Clin Endocrin Metabol 86:4576-4584, 2001:

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F. G. Parsons, commenting on the more brachycephalic student body of Cambridge compared to Oxford, in "The Cephalic Index of the British Isles," Man, 22:19-...

Strange factoids, II

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From Don Surber, with reference to the music at "Live Earth":

The panda portal

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Now, see, here's the thing. I was reading this story about how this panda in Washington D.C., Mei Xiang, isn't pregnant:

Quote of the day

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Jim Laidler, quoted in a Slate article about vaccines and autism:

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UK Entertainment Retailers Association co-chairman Paul Quirk, quoted in The Guardian, on Prince's distribution of over 2 million free copies of his new alb...

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Justice Clarence Thomas, concurring in the decision of Parents v. Seattle School Board No. 1:

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Ernest Hooton, in Up from the Ape (1946, Macmillan, New York: p. 488):

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Answer to the "genetic modification myth," "GM food means that we'd be eating genes and it's not natural to eat another organism's genes,"

Brood 13

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That's what they're calling the imminent invasion of 17-year cicadas that we're supposed to get here next month.

Quote of the day

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Business columnist John Brandt, using "Neanderthal Inc." as a stand-in for your typical stupid corporation:

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Daniel Drezner, commenting on why suburbs mark the top ten places to live for "families with children":

Animal metaphors of questionable taste, III

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In a press release about the successful application of green bottlefly larvae to cure (by chewing on) foot ulcers in diabetic patients, by University of Man...

Over coffee

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JOHN: Now, that's a frightening headline.

Quote of the day

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Savage Minds poster Thomas Strong, in reference to blogging:

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Joel Allen (1877:139), quoted in Virginie Millien and colleagues (2006):

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Erik Trinkaus, quoted by the BBC on the Tianyuan skeleton</a>:

Panda pr0n update

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If you're waiting for an update on the effectiveness of panda porn -- and I know you are! -- well, here is the story for you:

"The President buys John Hawks"

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Gretchen and I have been laughing for twenty minutes at the Sloganizer. They warn of a danger of addiction. So remember, "Step into the light with John Hawk...

Quote of the day

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G. H. R. von Koenigswald, in "Early Man: Facts and Fantasy", p. 67:

Mr. Potato Head evolution, 1

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OK, I have to admit I went looking right away for a Mr. Potato Head picture to illustrate that last story, and what do I find but this:

Quote of the day

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"Instapundit" Glenn Reynolds, contrasting the idea of trans-fat bans with the infamous fast food rat problem in NYC:

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Local personality Bill Wineke, on the channel 3 news, commenting on the Jesus tomb documentary:

Wacky breakfast conversations

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ME: There's this long-running debate about limb proportions in australopithecines. Lucy is sort of humanlike -- she has short arms and long legs.

Quote of the day

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J. B. S. Haldane, first line of "A mathematical theory of natural and artificial selection" (1924, Trans Camb Phil Soc 23:19-41):

Strange factoids, I

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The Cowardly Lion costume in The Wizard of Oz film was made from real lions.

Quote of the day

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Gretchen, on the real estate listings for the tiny tax haven, Principality of Sealand, and Romania's Bran Castle, linked to Vlad the Impaler.

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Ann Althouse, deep in the comments wrapping a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest metaphor:

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Tom Kirkwood, in "Ageing: Too fast by mistake", Nature 444:1015: </p>

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G. Ledyard Stebbins, on p. 241 of "The role of hybridization in evolution," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 103:231-251, 1959:

A worst toys retrospective

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In honor of the season, I ran across Radar Magazine's list of 10 dangerous toys from years gone by.

Quote of the day

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New York Times corrections column, on July 17, 1969 (a day after the Apollo 11 launch), referring to a 1920 column that claimed Robert Goddard's rockets cou...

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Regular Althouse commenter Madison Man, on the story about Neandertal women hunting:

Anagrams, part 1

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I was putting together some anagrams on human evolution-related phrases, which turns out to be a bit of a challenge. I have no idea how hard they are to uns...

Pandalicious

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In the "great minds think alike" category, Gretchen sends me this:

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Milford Wolpoff, in “Neandertals in our family tree”: </p>

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Ann Althouse, on the death of an albino squirrel: </p>

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Franz Weidenreich, in The Scientific Monthly 67, p. 106:

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Dirk Hooijer, writing in Scientific Monthly (72:3-8, 1951):

MS Word as scientific authority

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In case you haven't been following the "pluton" controversy, here's a pointer to Nature News on the topic. A pluton is a kind of underground igneous rock fo...

Quote of the day

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Writer Brian Alexander, on the future of sex:

Stupidity is relative, to dolphins

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In a case of neuroscience resembling the Onion, we have a Reuters article about how stupid dolphins are. It ends with this quote:

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General Zod, from Superman II, on visiting the Fortress of Solitude:

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Ronald M. Green, ethicist, on building the "Bride of Neanderthal":

Currently creeping me out

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...is Al Gore, who is staring over my shoulder from the cover of Entertainment Weekly that Gretchen is reading:

Eponymy synonymy

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With apologies to James Taranto, this from Science Blog caught my eye:

Quote of the day

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Metagenomics maven Eddy Rubin, on grinding up some more Neandertals, in Wired:

Fascinated by the monkey chow diet

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Is it so wrong that my guilty pleasure this week is reading this man's diary of his experiment in eating only monkey chow?

Quote of the day

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Darwin, in a letter to J. D. Hooker (Dec. 12, 1856):

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Claude Shannon, in The Mathematical Theory of Communication (p. 56-57):

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K. S. Lashley (Quarterly Review of Biology 24:28, 1949):

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Jesper Hoffmeyer, in Signs of Meaning in the Universe (translated by Barbara Haveland):

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Ann Althouse, on spouting off about topics outside one's expertise:

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Frank Livingstone, in Current Anthropology (5:150, 1964):

But what about the laser beams?

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I'm catching up on some blogging, and this story in New Scientist has been sitting on my computer for a couple of days:

Humanzee, Chuman, Robochimp, whatever

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I can't believe my #1 Google search this month is "Humanzee". I wrote about King Kong humanzee trivia last month. It sure is an interesting story, about Sov...

The impending mouse horror

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OK, I wouldn't be so concerned about "Gene turn-off makes meek mice fearless" (New Scientist):

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From Cardinal Paul Poupard of the Pontifical Council for Culture (story at News.com.au):

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Cited in a lecture I heard today, from T. H. Huxley:

A zombie howto

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In honor of the season, HowStuffWorks.com has an article on the workings of zombies.

"Ghosts of reviewers past"

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Googling something else entirely brought me this page by Edmund D. Brodie III, chronicling a few of the comments from manuscript reviews he's received over ...

Natural selection in action

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In honor of Halloween, the Washington Post has a story on extreme pumpkin-growers. It's a great example of massive phenotypic change in a few generations:

Michael Crichton, call your office

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On the "Chimpanzee Genome Consortium": Gretchen says that anything involving the words "chimpanzee" and "consortium" creeps her out.

Beeffoot

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From MSNBC: