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Quote: Robert Broom has no apologies

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Robert Broom, in the first paragraph of his paper, “Further Evidence on the Structure of the South African Pleistocene Anthropoids”, says it better than I co...

Quote: Two competing hypotheses

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A 2015 review paper on archaic human introgression by Fernando Racimo and coworkers has a wonderfully succinct summary of the modern human origins debate:

Quote: ‘The modern view of species’

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The University of Michigan has done a release for a new paper studying speciation between black and mantled howler monkeys, by Marcella Baiz and coworkers: “...

Quote: The importance of skeletons

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For a research paper, I was re-reading some parts of the edited volume that describes the “Kadanuumuu” skeleton from Woranso-Mille, KSD-VP-1/1. This quote fr...

Quote: Leyser on research portfolios

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Ottoline Leyser, “chairwoman of the Royal Society Science Policy Advisory Group,” has published a brief essay on science assessment in the U.K.: “No research...

Quote: Upload your data for the future

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Andy Farke did a short interview with Kelsey Stilson, an author of a recent study on the paleopathology of rhinocerotids: “Author Interview: Kelsey Stilson o...

Quote: Franz Boas the pinko

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Wilton Krogman, in a footnote to his review, “Fifty years of physical anthropology.”

Quote: George Grant MacCurdy on Piltdown

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I was doing some reading about Piltdown for a project, and ran across a 1916 article by George Grant MacCurdy in Science reviewing diverse opinions about the...

Quote: The Sagan effect

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Many people know the story that Carl Sagan was rejected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The story has given rise to ...

Quote: Dreger on heretics

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Alice Dreger discusses her new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science in The Scientist: “Stirring the Pot”.

Quote: Louis Leakey on funding

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Louis Leakey, in a letter to Wilfrid Le Gros Clark (cited in Morrell, V., Ancestral Passions, p. 209), just after his and Mary’s discoveries of Zinjanthropus...

Quote: John McPhee on the United States

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I was excited yesterday when I saw that John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World is finally on Kindle, and is selling for less than 9 dollars. It is a master...

Quote: Donald Kagan on liberal arts education

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Yale University classicist and historian Donald Kagan has just retired from a long and distinguished career. He has an essay in the current New Criterion, re...

Quote: Phillip Tobias on the study of race

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I was doing research on another topic, and ran across an obituary of Phillip Tobias that I hadn’t seen: “Phillip Tobias, SA’s great scientist and human being...

Quote: Google or existential searching

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Nicholas Carr, beginning a post discussing the increasing role of Google not only in finding what we’re looking for, but in anticipating the searches we have...

Quote: Wallace on the distribution of beauty

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In response to Darwin’s claim that the British aristocracy has been made more beautiful “from pick of women”, Alfred Russel Wallace replied (in a letter to D...

Quote: Brub and the Boas Bowl

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Michael Brub writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Why I Resigned the Paterno Chair”, with a discussion of academics versus athletics. I’m linking be...

Quote: Geertz on the variable

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From Clifford Geertz’ 1965 essay, “The impact of the concept of culture on the concept of man” Geertz:1965:

Quote: David Thompson on the stars

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This is maybe as good a definition of science as one could hope for, from the journals of early Canadian fur trader David Thompson:

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...

Blushing iron

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Jo Marchant elegizes an 1858 lecture by John Ruskin, on the topic of iron (“Not just any old iron”). I had to relay this quote:

Quote: Adovasio on Clovis

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In John Noble Wilford’s article about the new pre-Clovis archaeological site, Buttermilk Creek, Texas, James Adovasio gets the last word about advocates of t...

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...

Winter's Bone

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

Quote: Peter Wood on anthropology

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Peter Wood, in a review of Paul Shankman’s book, The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy:

Nosferatu

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Does this word not sound like the midnight call of the Bird of Death?

Quote: Dobzhansky on the tropics

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Theodosius Dobzhansky, concluding a paper titled, “Evolution in the Tropics”, which considered the role of physical environment versus other factors as evolu...

Quote: Ellison on posthumous work

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Writer Harlan Ellison has been saying goodbye to fans, according to the Madison independent paper, Isthmus. The interview is interesting, including this part...

Quote: Boyd on New World pigmentation clines

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I’m using some statistics out of William Boyd’s 1956 printing of Genetics and the Races of ManBoyd:1956. It gives a good accounting of blood group data known...

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...

Quote: Stephen Fry on art

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Stephen Fry is a famous British actor, humorist and blogger. He recently gave a speech on the occasion of the private viewing of the Royal Academy Summer Exh...

Mailbag: Remaking

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Found this "The Earth is not finished, but is now being, and will forever more be-remade." (C.R. Van Hise, 1898) "Hum...

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:

Quote: Fisher on the limits of diffusion

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R. A. Fisher and Sewall Wright introduced diffusion approximation methods into genetics; Fisher (1937) was the first to consider spatial disperal using a rea...

Quote: Missing link, circa 1940

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Some dialogue from “Too Many Husbands”, as Melvyn Douglas and Fred MacMurray get on each others’ nerves:

Quote: Earnest Hooton on Piltdown

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I’ve been flipping through Earnest Hooton’s Up From the Ape (1946 edition). It’s a remarkable book for many reasons. I’m almost transfixed by his discussion ...

Quote: Louis Leakey on "man" versus "human"

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Louis Leakey, participating in a conference organized by Sherwood Washburn, called “Classification and Human Evolution”, prefaced his contribution with a sau...

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...

Quote: Elliott Sober on the force of selection

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Elliott Sober’s book, The Nature of Selection, discusses the philosophical underpinnings of evolutionary explanation in relation to other sciences. I turn to...

Simulations bubbling like a stew

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Peter Turchin writes very effectively about quantitative modeling and analytical methods in biology. So every so often I like to post an illuminative quote. ...

Quote: Otte on lithic analysis

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I happened across this great quote by Marcel Otte, referring to the Bordes-Binford debate among other archaeological donnybrooks:

Quote: "A noble edifice"

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Darwin, in The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, volume 2, pp. 248-249.

Quote: Dating the Y

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Dienekes comments on a new paper that attempts to estimate the age of a Y chromosomal clade:

Quote: James Crow, genetics then and now

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James F. Crow, in the conclusion to his great article in the current Annual Review of Genetics, in which he reflects on a personal history of empirical appro...

Weidenreich on species

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Franz Weidenreich, in his 1945 article, “The Puzzle of Pithecanthropus”:

Quote: Darwin on the eyebrows

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Darwin, in The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals, p. 222-223, referring to the muscles involved in furrowing the brow during a frown:

James Randi on deception

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From Randi, J. 1988. “The detection of fraud and fakery.” Cell Mol Life Sci 44:287-288:

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:

Quote: Extra credit

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

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...

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:

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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-...

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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,"

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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":

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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>:

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

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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:

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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):

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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:

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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:

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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):

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Writer Brian Alexander, on the future of sex:

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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":

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

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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):

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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: