Category Archives: Anthropology

Contrary to previous thinking, Indonesia’s hobbit humans — Homo floresiensis — appear to have gone extinct before or shortly after Homo sapiens arrived — a cautionary lesson on dating the proper stratigraphic layer Comments Off on Contrary to previous thinking, Indonesia’s hobbit humans — Homo floresiensis — appear to have gone extinct before or shortly after Homo sapiens arrived — a cautionary lesson on dating the proper stratigraphic layer

© 2016 Peter Free Citation — to study Thomas Sutikna, Matthew W. Tocheri, Michael J. Morwood, E. Wahyu Saptomo, Jatmiko, Rokus Due Awe, Sri Wasisto, Kira E. Westaway, Maxime Aubert, Bo Li, Jian-xin Zhao, Michael Storey, Brent V. Alloway, Mike W. Morley, Hanneke J. M. Meijer, Gerrit D. van den Bergh, Rainer Grün, Anthony Dosseto, […]

Paper tentatively claims that Australian aboriginal people maintained memories of sea level locations — going back 7,000 years and more Comments Off on Paper tentatively claims that Australian aboriginal people maintained memories of sea level locations — going back 7,000 years and more

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Patrick D. Nunn and Nicholas J. Reid, Aboriginal Memories of Inundation of the Australian Coast Dating from More than 7000 Years Ago, Australian Geographer, DOI:10.1080/00049182.2015.1077539 (early online publication, 07 September 2015) (temporary access to free copy of the full paper is here) Dubious or not? From the abstract: […]

Statistical common sense would (arguably) have predicted this outcome — Washington State’s approximately 8,500 year old Kennewick Man — appears to be more closely related to local Native Americans (just as they argued) — than to Polynesians and Ainu Comments Off on Statistical common sense would (arguably) have predicted this outcome — Washington State’s approximately 8,500 year old Kennewick Man — appears to be more closely related to local Native Americans (just as they argued) — than to Polynesians and Ainu

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Morten Rasmussen, Martin Sikora, Anders Albrechtsen, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, J. Víctor Moreno-Mayar, G. David Poznik, Christoph P. E. Zollikofer, Marcia S. Ponce de León, Morten E. Allentoft, Ida Moltke, Hákon Jónsson, Cristina Valdiosera, Ripan S. Malhi, Ludovic Orlando, Carlos D. Bustamante, Thomas W. Stafford Jr, David J. […]

A study of skull trepanations in 1000 to 1250 AD Peru addresses the technique — but not why the people performing it thought the surgery would work — which to my mind is the more revealing question Comments Off on A study of skull trepanations in 1000 to 1250 AD Peru addresses the technique — but not why the people performing it thought the surgery would work — which to my mind is the more revealing question

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Danielle S. Kurin, Trepanation in South-Central Peru during the early late intermediate period (ca. AD 1000–1250), American Journal of Physical Anthropology 152(4): 484–494, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22383 (December 2013) Citation — to press release Andrea Estrada, Ancient Cranial Surgery, The Current – University of California, Santa Barbara (19 December […]

Are Native Americans at high risk for Type II diabetes because of their supposed evolutionary adaptation to (a) feast and famine or, more simply, (b) what they historically ate? — A tiny study of fossilized feces (coprolites) suggests possibility (b), but its methodology does not come close to proving it Comments Off on Are Native Americans at high risk for Type II diabetes because of their supposed evolutionary adaptation to (a) feast and famine or, more simply, (b) what they historically ate? — A tiny study of fossilized feces (coprolites) suggests possibility (b), but its methodology does not come close to proving it

Citation Karl J. Reinhard, Keith L. Johnson, Sara LeRoy-Toren, Kyle Wieseman, Isabel Teixeira-Santos, and Mônica Vieira, Understanding the Pathoecological Relationship between Ancient Diet and Modern Diabetes through Coprolite Analysis, Current Anthropology 53(4): 506-512, DOI: 10.1086/665923 (August 2012) Findings From the University of Nebraska press release: The coprolites are from Antelope Cave, a deep cavern in […]