Finding where datasets line up

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Adam Van Arsdale comments on a new paper Donges:2011 that tries to correlate variability in paleoclimates with human evolutionary events: “Paleoanthropology with 3D glasses”.

Separate from their analysis of the climate data, the authors conclusion regarding human evolution is based on the correlation between their climate analyses and a specific human evolutionary model. Given a different model (part E of the figure above), this correlation wouldnt necessarily exist. And yet this kind of approach, combining information from different (hopefully somewhat independent) lines of evidence to address single hypotheses, is what paleoanthropology is primed for.

He hat tips the “Broadly Consistent Watch” feature here, which I badly need to revive…