Science Daily is reporting that evidence has been found for the world’s oldest ritual. Archaeologist Sheila Coulson has uncovered a stone artifact shaped to look like a python in the Tsodilo hills region of Botswana (known for glorious rock paintings). The python was surrounded by more than 13,000 other artifacts, many of [...]
Kansas lawmakers passed emergency legislation outlawing evolution, the highly controversial process responsible for the development and diversity of species and the continued survival of all life….The new law prohibits all living beings within state borders from any willful adaptation to changing environmental conditions.
A paper by Cote & Clobert in Proc. Roy. Soc is arguing that population dispersals (in lizards, Acerta vivipara) is affected by the personalities of said lizards:
For example, an increased density should promote the departure of individuals with less social tolerance. Therefore, we hypothesized that dispersers from high-density populations should primarily be asocial individuals, [...]
In 1804 Alexander von Humboldt brought back a parrot from his five-year expedition to Central and South America. Apparently the parrot was the only remaining speaker of the Atures language Humboldt subsequently recorded 40 words from the parrot that belonged to the dead language. More from SFGate here
Nice story, but my [...]
Thanks to reddit, I re-found an article I read a few years ago on the Last Cargo Cult by Mike Jay from 2002. It’s a wonderful look at the rapid evolution of a “cargo cult” religion in Vanuatu. There’s also a nice article on the same here from the Smithsonian magazine.
Mapuche indians in Chile are taking legal action against Microsoft for:
Information on Mapuzungun AKA Mapudungun here
The international HapMap project has a paper in this weeks Nature:
(we) report a public database of common variation in the human genome: more than one million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for which accurate and complete genotypes have been obtained in 269 DNA samples from four populations, including ten 500-kilobase regions in which essentially [...]
David Barash attempts to write a Gould-style essay on how to teach sociobiology:
“Should we revise Pink Floyd’s anthem “Another Brick in the Wall” – with its chorus “No dark sarcasm in the classroom/Teachers leave them kids alone” – to “No dark sociobiology in the classroom”? To answer this, we need first to examine [...]