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CuriosityStream, anyone?

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Neanderthals used fire in caves:

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Fossil Dog

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Pre-Clovis civilization in Florida

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Teeth vs. Tools

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‘Trickle of food’

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Diet affects the evolution of birds

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How Dinosaurs Grew From Hatchlings to Adults

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Think your DNA is all human?

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Small, Brainy T-Rex Discovered

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Fossil analysis pushes back human split

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Comment by Don on September 17, 2010 at 11:21am
Adriana, on the censoring of science, see this piece today on PZ Myers's blog:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/09/gagging_the_mississippi....

Scientists these days are having a hard enough time communicating the truth about sensitive (anti-corporate interest) issues without this kind of thing. In academia, no less!
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 7, 2010 at 5:08pm
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 7, 2010 at 4:38pm


See Stephen Hawking this Friday (September 10) in a one-on-one interview live on "Larry King Live" at 9 p.m. ET only on CNN.
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 5, 2010 at 6:38pm

ScienceMagazine | September 03, 2010
California Academy of Sciences: Human Evolution -- Tool use by early humans started much earlier. The Academy's Zeray Alemseged reveals his latest discovery: human stone tool use dating back to 3.4 million years ago. Small-brained human ancestors used stone tools to whack into large mammals some 800,000 years earlier than previously thought.
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- The earliest known evidence for stone tool use and meat eating among early humans is found.
- The evidence -- butchered, fossilized bones -- dates to roughly 3.4 million years ago.
- It's believed the ancestor Australopithecus afarensis (to which "Lucy" belongs) used the tools.
http://news.discovery.com/archaeology...

BBC News: Tool-making and meat-eating began 3.5 million years ago
Researchers have found evidence that hominins - early human ancestors
used stone tools to cleave meat from animal bones more than 3.2 million years ago. That pushes back the earliest known tool use and meat-eating in such hominins by more than 800,000 years.

Bones found in Ethiopia show cuts from stone and indications that the bones were forcibly broken to remove marrow. The research, in the journal Nature, challenges several notions about our ancestors' behaviour.

Previously the oldest-known use of stone tools came from the nearby Gona region of Ethiopia, dating back to about 2.5 million years ago. That suggests that it was our more direct ancestors, members of our own genus Homo, that were the first to use tools.

But the marked bones were found in the Dikika region, with their age determined by dating the nearby volcanic rock -- to between 3.2 million and 3.4 million years ago.

A battery of tests showed that the cuts, scrapes and scratches were made before the bones fossilised, and detailed analysis even showed that there were bits of stone lodged in one of the cuts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env...

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Comment by Sydni Moser on September 2, 2010 at 4:03pm


Did Our Ancestors Practice Cannibalism?
By Margaret Aprison
Posted September 2, 2010
Moments of Science

Cannibalism may seem like a completely out of the ordinary practice today. Yet, scientists have discovered evidence that over one million years ago, our ancestors may have been cannibals.

Discovering Bones
A team, led by archaeologist Eudald Carbonell of Spain’s University of Rovira and Virgil, examined ancient bones left in a Spanish cave.

The bones had cut marks and butchering remains on them. This suggests that cannibalism could have been a popular activity.

Who Were Our Ancestors?
Scientists have learned that our “archaic” human ancestors, also known as Homo antecessor, possessed a brain two-thirds the size of modern humans.

The bones also suggest that cannibalism may have been just another way our ancestors stayed alive during famines. The study’s author suggests that this is one of the oldest documented cases of cannibalism.

Read More:

* Cannibal cavemen of Spain uncovered (USA Today)
* Cultural Cannibalism as a Paleoeconomic System in the European Lower Pleistocene (PDF- University of Chicago)

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Eat Thy Neighbor

Why Isn’t Cannibalism More Popular?
Comment by Doug Reardon on August 24, 2010 at 11:37pm
Adriana: 17 years ago the doctors told me I had one year to live. I took that as a warning and didn't change a thing.
Comment by Don on August 24, 2010 at 5:22pm
From Jerry Coyne's site:

Good news! According to a comment on Pharyngula, P.Z. has a new stent and is going home tomorrow.

Says the PeeZee, “I’m no longer sick,

Thanks to a spiffy new medical trick:

My aorta’s not bent

For I haz a new stent—

Now I’ll go back to being a dick!”
Comment by Don on August 23, 2010 at 6:57pm
Right, Adriana, no doubt a bypass. He doesn't specify. And I think you're right that he's fairly sedentary--and by his own cavalier accounts he likes to drink and close down bars with rollicking atheists wherever he may find himself. But he's young-ish. The heart's nothing to mess with.
Comment by Don on August 23, 2010 at 6:18pm
PZ's kind of a wild man, heedless, I suspect, of certain excesses. But maybe this serious shock will serve will to rein him in a tad. He writes that his diet has already been overhauled.
Comment by Chris Sparks on August 17, 2010 at 5:19pm
As one who lives less than ten miles from Knoxville, it isn't a spoof. These people really believe, and most of them think they are doing "God's work" by posting this nonsense. What really bothers me, is the fact that this was printed. The Knoxville News Sentinel sinks to new lows everyday, but this is just asinine. Was this in the Sentinel?

And people wonder why I am hostile towards religion...
 

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