Anthropology news

Paisley Caves in Oregon

To begin with, George Howard has set up a series of You Tube videos on his web site that will interest catastrophists in general. They are mostly to do with the Younger Dryas boundary event - with some panel discussion at different conferences - see www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL28A35F70BD8CA0A8&feature=plcp and http://cosmictusk.com/now-showing-tusk-tv/

Clever Neanderthals ... until this is dusted down in flames

At http://anthropology.net/2012/06/14/were-paleolithic-european-cave-painti... is an argument that revolves around the viability of dating techniques and whether methodologies different to C14 are singing from the same hymn sheet. In that respect, a new paper might very well debunk this one very quickly. In the meantime we have a paper in Science that wonders if Neanderthals rather than modern humans were responsible for some of the cave art - in this instance, in Spain.

Pit of Bones ... controversy

Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in Kensington is at loggerheads with Spanish fellow palaeontologists over the dating of human fossils at Atapuerco in northern Spain - see the controversy as reported in The Observer at www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jun/10/fossil-dating-row-sima-huesos-spa...

Asian Roots

An article in the Australian science magazine, Cosmos - see www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5651/early-primates-originated-asia-migrated... is a funny kind of piece that has been published in the journal PNAS. Is it biased? Does it extrapolate a theory out of thin air? It seems that some anthropologists would be happy if early primates and hominids had an origin in Asia rather than Africa - but does any of this matter to anyone?

Lower Pecos rock art

At http://discovermagazine.com/2012/may/11-decoding-ancient-secrets-of-whit... ... the Lower Pecos is an arid expanse situated in SW Texasand somewhat remote from the beaten track. Some 4000 years ago it was populated bya people that have left behind a considerable amount of wall to wall rock art in shallow caves and rock shelters. They include human figures, deer, birds, rabbits, snakes, coyote, mountain lion and various desert animals.

The arrival of modern humans in europe

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120524092226.htm ... the Aurignacian culture people were living in SW Germany from as early as 43,000 years ago, it is now being argued. They are thought to be responsible for rock and cave art and various other innovations (but there is a certain amount of prejudice involved here and acceptance of paradigms others might not agree with).

Blondes and genes

It seems blonde hair is not confined to Scandinavia and Europe as up to ten per cent of Melanesians, who are somewhat black in skin colour, also have blonde hair. This trait didn't come from sex starved ships crew from the West either - a study has shown it evolved long before contact with foreigners in boats looking for girls in grass skirts (see www.nature.com/news/blonde-hair-evolved-more-thanonce-1.10587 (the study was published in the journal Science).

Who was Red Crag Man?

At www.pleistocenecoalition.com, a piece from the latest Pleistocene Coalition News by Richard Dullum on a 'Forbidden Archaeology' item, the 900 page book that is a sieve of palaeoanthropology on the look-out for anomalies, somewhat akin to the William Corliss series of a couple of decades ago. The Red Crag portrait is an engraving on a fossil bivalve shell that is unmistakeably a human face. It even had a hole in the top of the shell designed for a cord to carry the shell around - and show off.

The Graphics of Bilzingsleben

At http://www-personal.umich.edu/~feliks/graphics-of-bilzingsleben/ is an interesting story that seems to be further evidence of science dogma in action, in which a consensus theory is applied to evidence and when such evidence does not fit the storyline it is hushed up, ignored, or criticised in a manner that is derogatory of the scientist concerned rather than the data itself. Feliks has obviously felt the pain and the sorrow.