A pair of footprints originally discovered in the Chihuahuan Desert have been found to be the oldest known human tracks in North America.
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Nicholas J. Felstead, Silvia Gonzalez, David Huddart, Stephen R. Noble, Dirk L. Hoffmann, Sarah E. Metcalfe, Melanie J. Leng, Bruce M. Albert, Alistair W.G. Pike, Arturo Gonzalez-Gonzalez.... (2013) Holocene-aged human footprints from the Cuatrociénegas Basin, NE Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science. info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2013.11.010
In most countries of immigration, linguistic diversity is by and large ignored by policy makers. If there are language-related policies, they take a deficit view of migrants and their children and focus on improving their English (or whatever the national … Continue reading →... Read more »
Orhan Agirdag. (2013) The long-term effects of bilingualism on children of immigration: student bilingualism and future earnings. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2013.816264
This morning, the world woke up to the news that Scientists discover the difference between male and female brains Britain’s Independent today actually made that their front page. They went on to discuss “the hardwired difference that could explain why men are ‘better at map reading’”. The rest of the world’s media were no less […]The post Men, Women, and Big PNAS Papers appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
Ingalhalikar, M., & et al. (2013) Sex differences in the structural connectome of the human brain. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1316909110
Diseases are an interesting thing. The development and location of an area can drastically change the types of diseases present, and which are most deadly. If you look at global health maps, such as HealthMap, you can see how drastically different outbreaks are occurring in different areas. For example, cholera has been a major concern … Continue reading »... Read more »
G. M. MOSHER, M. O. SMITH, J. L. ALBRECHT, & V. P. SALAKA. (2013) Treponemal Disease, Tuberculosis and Subsistence-settlement Pattern in the Late Woodland Period West-central Illinois. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2344
Fossils recently excavated from a site in Uruguay provide tantalising evidence for the presence of human hunter-gatherer societies nearly 30,000 years ago. ... Read more »
Fariña RA, Tambusso PS, Varela L, Czerwonogora A, Di Giacomo M, Musso M, Bracco R, & Gascue A. (2014) Arroyo del Vizcaino, Uruguay: a fossil-rich 30-ka-old megafaunal locality with cut-marked bones. Proc. R. Soc. B, 281(1774), 20132211. PMID: 24258717
We’ve talked quite a bit here about the different ways that human remains can be disturbed once they are buried. We’ve had the “5 Reasons to Remove Single Bones from a Grave“, “Five Reasons for Moving an Entire Skeleton“, “Five Reasons for Disturbing a Burial” and “5 Reasons for Relocating an Entire Cemetery“. In most … Continue reading »... Read more »
ASPOCK, E. (2011) PAST ‘DISTURBANCES’ OF GRAVES AS A SOURCE: TAPHONOMY AND INTERPRETATION OF REOPENED EARLY MEDIEVAL INHUMATION GRAVES AT BRUNN AM GEBIRGE (AUSTRIA) AND WINNALL II (ENGLAND). OXFORD JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, 30(3), 299-324. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0092.2011.00370.x
“Using English is the sign of a great mind. Discuss.” Sounds like an absurdly bigoted essay topic? While I’ve made up the topic and while most readers will baulk at such an explicit association of English with academic excellence, most … Continue reading →... Read more »
Erkkilä, Tero. (2013) Global University Rankings, Transnational Policy Discourse and Higher Education in Europe. European Journal of Education. DOI: 10.1111/ejed.12063
Trepanation is one of the more interesting osteological finds, and it has fascinated the archaeological world since the mid-19th century when Ephraim Squier discovered a trepanned skull in Cuzco, Peru. Trepanation is the removal of a piece of bone from the cranium of a living individual. In human skeletal remains, it appears as various types of … Continue reading »... Read more »
Kurin DS. (2013) Trepanation in South-Central Peru during the early late intermediate period (ca. AD 1000-1250). American journal of physical anthropology, 152(4), 484-94. PMID: 24142537
So say Colorado-based researchers Sandy K. Wurtele and collegues in a new paper in the journal Sexual Abuse: Nearly 10% of males and 4% of females reported some likelihood of having sex with children or viewing child pornography. The study is an interesting attempt to probe the darkest depths of human nature, and raises questions […]The post Are One In Ten Men Sexually Attracted To Children? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
Wurtele SK, Simons D, & Moreno T. (2013) Sexual Interest in Children Among an Online Sample of Men and Women: Prevalence and Correlates. Sexual abuse : a journal of research and treatment. PMID: 24215791
Feeling smug because your normal brain doesn't insist on coloring all its 2's blue and M's purple? Not so fast: you might have been a child synesthete. Some elementary schoolers have associations between colors and letters or numbers that fade as they age. Others' associations expand to take over the whole alphabet, leading them toward a rainbow-hued adult life.Studying kids with synesthesia is tricky, because first you have to find them—and at a young age, kids don't know the word, or that th........ Read more »
Julia Simner, & Angela E. Bain. (2013) A longitudinal study of grapheme-color synesthesia in childhood: 6/7 years to 10/11 years. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00603
The professional musician who follows her dream of performing on the stage is greeted by an array of unusual occupational hazards. These are not limited to those late night hours spent in bars exposed to cigarette smoke and aggressive groupies but the risks of carpal tunnel, hoarseness, hearing loss, and the longterm effects of strange sleeping schedules as well. For those that provide their marching bands, funk joints, and jazz ensembles with that crucial brass sound, however, they may be at ad........ Read more »
F Metzger et al. (2010) Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Due to Molds in a Saxophone Player. . Chest. DOI: 10.3410/f.5396957.5351055
Newly found fossils suggest hominids are ‘breeds’ of the same species.... Read more »
Ann Gibbons. (2013) Stunning Skull Gives a Fresh Portrait of Early Humans. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6156.297
I like Twitter and I like scientific papers. So I like this new paper by University of the Philippines researchers Christian M. Alis and May T. Lim: Spatiotemporal variation of conversational utterances on Twitter Using Twitter’s API, they downloaded 229 million ‘conversational’ tweets from 2009-2012. They defined as ‘conversational’ any tweet starting with the character […]The post Why Are (Some) Tweets Getting Shorter? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
Alis CM, & Lim MT. (2013) Spatio-temporal variation of conversational utterances on twitter. PloS one, 8(10). PMID: 24204968
High in the alpine forests of Wyoming, archaeologists have discovered more than a dozen villages dating back over 2,000 years, a find that could alter our understanding of the scope of human habitation in the ancient West, as well as the histories and migrations of the people who lived there.... Read more »
Matthew Stirn. (2014) Modeling site location patterns amongst late-prehistoric villages in the Wind River Range, Wyoming. Journal of Archaeological Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.09.018
Don't despair, left-handers who have just smeared the ink across your paper yet again. You have a true purpose in life, some scientists say—and it's walloping other people in the head. A flying elbow drop would work too. Researchers recently pored over video of hundreds of UFC fights to test the idea that lefties evolved with an edge in hand-to-hand combat.
Various other animals show a preference for one paw, or one swimming direction, over the other. But humans are notable for almost alwa........ Read more »
Thomas V. Pollet, Gert Stulp, & Ton G.G. Groothuis. (2013) Born to win? Testing the fighting hypothesis in realistic fights: left-handedness in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Animal Behaviour. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.07.026
I recently finished reading Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian by Ray Williamson. This is a classic work on the archaeoastronomy of North America, and it’s the best introduction to the subject I’ve found. (Granted, there aren’t many out there.) Although it was written in the 1980s, the research it discusses is […]... Read more »
In honor of Halloween, I was going to post something about the new morbid terminology- necropants. However, this is a site about bones, burials, and bodies- so I’ll let you read that at Huffington Post. For Halloween, we’re going to be exploring the burials of witches. Like many other of the ‘deviant’ burials we’ve discussed … Continue reading »... Read more »
Jerome Handler. (1996) A Prone Burial from a Plantation Slave Cemetery in Barbados West Indies: Possible Evidence for an African-type Witch or Other Negatively Viewed Person . Historical Archaeology, 30(3), 76-86. info:/
Procrastination is a fact of academic life, particularly during the PhD period, as every academic supervisor knows. However, judging from ever-increasing institutional efforts to control procrastination or from the many self-help guides intended to cure procrastination, it would seem that … Continue reading →... Read more »
Paola Villani. (1990) Documenti saussuriani conservati a Lipsia e a Berlino. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 3-33. info:/
Does your workweek schedule dig you into an ever-deepening hole of sleep deprivation? Do you sleep in on the weekends to try to boost yourself back out? You're in good company. But even if you feel recovered by the following week, your brainpower might be suffering.
In a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 40 percent of respondents said they try to "catch up" on sleep during the weekend. Pennsylvania State University professor and physician Alexandros Vgontzas, along with a group of col........ Read more »
Pejovic S, Basta M, Vgontzas AN, Kritikou I, Shaffer ML, Tsaoussoglou M, Stiffler D, Stefanakis Z, Bixler EO, & Chrousos GP. (2013) Effects of recovery sleep after one work week of mild sleep restriction on interleukin-6 and cortisol secretion and daytime sleepiness and performance. American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism, 305(7). PMID: 23941878
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The search for a common ancestor linking modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago has been a compelling subject for research. But a new study suggests the quest isn’t nearly complete.... Read more »
Gómez-Robles A, Bermúdez de Castro JM, Arsuaga JL, Carbonell E, & Polly PD. (2013) No known hominin species matches the expected dental morphology of the last common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24145426
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