Chimps and bonobos interbred and exchanged genes
Humans are not the only great apes to have had an ancient fling with related species. New evidence shows that chimps carry genes from bonobos
By Brian Owens

Chimpanzees and their relatives bonobos are closer than we thought. Bonobos seem to have donated genes to chimps at least twice in the roughly two million years since they last shared an ancestor.

The two closely related apes have occasionally interbred in captivity, and bonobos are renowned for their free and easy sex life. But the finding that they interbred in the wild was unexpected.

The two species split sometime between 1.5 and 2.1 million years ago, around the same time that the Congo River system formed. Wild bonobo populations are entirely contained in that river system, separated from two nearby subspecies of chimps, the eastern and central subspecies.

Scientists assumed the river was an impenetrable barrier, says Christina Hvilsom from Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, one of the researchers who worked on the genetic project. But it turns out that it must have been breached more than once – although it’s not clear how that happened.

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Mummified Bird, Baby Found in Cave Shed Light on Earliest Desert Farmers
In a desert cave, researchers have uncovered a strange scene: the naturally mummified remains of an infant, a scarlet macaw, and half of an adult man, buried among a rich array of artifacts.

Learn more about this unusual burial and what it’s telling experts about the earliest farmers of the Chihuahua Desert.

sanitysamalady  asked:

Would you be able to make a forensic anthro/bones tag? Those should be the same thing, but Idk which one would be easier and I didn't see one. Thank you much.

this would just fall under our forensics tag

Anomie – Teen Wolf AU: Forensic Anthropology by fosterthepasta (orphan_account) (2/5 | 1,961 | G)

Dr. Derek Hale is a forensic anthropologist who works at the “Beacon Hill’s Institute Of Scientific Criminal Investigations”. A new intern, Stiles Stilinski, will be joining Derek and working along side him. Unfortunately, Dr. Hale isn’t the friendly person Stiles was hoping for at first. However, their close environment and budding emotions eventually lead to sexual relations between the two as they begin to open up to one another about themselves in a way they have never experienced before.

Bloody Case by Firesplash (1/? | 4,610 | NC17)

Stiles just wanted a quiet life. Really. No more action. Just quiet and boring. He was back in Beacon Hills. Back with his Dad and his best friend Scott. He’d do a boring job. Something to be occupied with. Something to take his mind off things.

But it looked like death was just following him.

And then there was Deputy Hale.
Sexy Deputy Hale.
Sexy Grumpy Deputy Hale.
He was so screwed.

I forget which book I read this in because I went through a phase of reading a shit ton of feminist pop anthropology that left me with a VERY extensive knowledge of infanticide practices that I have to work to keep from sharing with people at the drop of a hat. But anyway, I read in a book that there are a collection of recently contacted Amazonian societies that have a totally observationally sensible theory of how paternity works that has clear benefits for mothers:  They believe(d) that fatherhood is a process and that children can have multiple fathers depending on how much contribution the father had towards the unborn child.   Typically this comes down to  how many times you have sex with the mother, on the theory that semen is a building block of human babies, so if you had the most sex with the mother then you were the most father. And this worked out great for mothers because the goal was to get the mother to like you the best by giving her the most presents.    But some of these societies had a slightly different theory that is even more observationally sensible and better for mothers:  It doesn’t make sense to say that semen is the building block of babies when we can clearly observe that the building block of humans is food.   So a father’s logical contribution to the building of baby humans is food.  The father who brings the mother the most amount of food and the best food is the one who gets the most credit for being the father.

I love this theory because it makes just as much sense as any other theory created by people without access to microscopes and makes so much more practical sense in terms of creating healthy babies that grow up to be children with a strong sense of filial loyalty. 

I also know what this will mean for this blog as well. 

Based on past historical and anthropological data, also derivative of the way that Western culture treats most things outside the box…  Some of you will instantly dismiss this as crazy and immediately turn off  Some will see this as too challenging to deep seeded religious beliefs and tune out.  Some of you will see this as relatable and feel comforted.  Some of you will see this as relatable and…

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For Indigenous Peoples Day, we’re pleased to share this art work by Jonathan Labillois titled “Still Dancing,” which originally appeared in Volume, 9 Issue 2 of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. This issue featured a special section on Indigenous Girlhood

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When you wear sunscreen you’re basically painting yourself the color of ultraviolet, and bees can see ultraviolet, so I like to imagine there are bee anthropologists who write papers about human seasonal UV-paint rituals. Clearly, it is done for good fortune before long journeys, to ward off evil spirits.
New Mexico scientist builds carbon dating machine that does not damage artifacts
Marvin Rowe’s machine can accurately date even tiny artifacts without damaging them
By T. S. Last | Journal Staff Writer

“The process is important because, unlike other methods of radiocarbon dating that destroy the sample being tested, LEPRS preserves it. It also works on tiny samples – even a flake of ink or paint – and is considered a more accurate means of dating.”
Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old
Study traces history of some of our favorite folk stories

A really interesting study combining linguistics and anthropology: 

Here’s how it worked: Fairy tales are transmitted through language, and the shoots and branches of the Indo-European language tree are well-defined, so the scientists could trace a tale’s history back up the tree—and thus back in time. If both Slavic languages and Celtic languages had a version of Jack and the Beanstalk (and the analysis revealed they might), for example, chances are the story can be traced back to the “last common ancestor.” That would be the Proto-Western-Indo-Europeans from whom both lineages split at least 6800 years ago (see image). The approach mirrors how an evolutionary biologist might conclude that two species came from a common ancestor if their genes both contain the same mutation not found in other modern animals.

But it’s not quite so simple. Unlike genes, which are almost exclusively transmitted “vertically”—from parent to offspring—fairy tales can also spread horizontally when one culture intermingles with another. Accordingly, much of the authors’ study focuses on recognizing and removing tales that seem to have spread horizontally. When the pruning was done, the team was left with a total of 76 fairy tales.

The article, by Sara Graça da Silva and Jamshid J. Tehrani, is open access and available in full at Royal Society Open Science