Here also is a site for Anthropology in the News from Texas A & M.
November 18, 2012. A new Cambrian Burgess Shale basal arthropod Nereocaris helps to suggest that arthropod skeletonization was linked with stabilizing the muscular system that allowed swimming. Therefore arthropods were originally swimmers and all their adaptations to benthic life on and in the substrate came later (say the authors). The paper is in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B
July 18, 2011. More evidence that humans interbred to a limited extent with Neanderthals, but only outside Africa since Neanderthals evolved outside Africa. The paper is in Molecular Biology and Evolution.
VACATION GAP, SLOWLY BEING FILLED
July 6, 2011. Photosynthesis confirmed in stromatolites at 3.3 Ga. No surprise, just honest analysis. Not published yet. Nature news site
If the trackway story's correct
It shows something we didn't expect:
There they are, hand in hand,
Making tracks in the sand
And the male's walking fully erect.
ADDENDA. Dr. Rosie Redfield has written a blog that contains lethal objections to the paper. If the objections are valid, then the evidence presented by the authors does not support their extravagant claims. The blog is being revised and polished continuously to take into account relevant comments. Wait and see.... Rrresearch blog by Rosie Redfield, version as of December 4, 2010
And here is a different but equally devastating critique: Guest blog by Dr. Alex Bradley, December 5, 2010.
And here is an informal poll of major scientists on the paper, taken by Carl Zimmer for Slate magazine: Slate magazine, December 7, 2010.
And here is an overview of an eventful week: Ed Yong's blog in Discover, December 11, 2010.
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