ID #92719

Name: Valerie
Age: 15
Country: Indonesia

Hi everyone! I hail from the city of Jakarta but I am fluent in English and Indonesian. I can understand a bit of Mandarin and I’m trying to teach myself some Spanish. A little bit about myself:
- Aspiring Forensic Anthropologist (I like physical anth or paleoanthropology as well)
- I find history absolutely fascinating and I love marine biology and paleontology as well.
- I love travelling a whole lot, I’ve been to a couple of countries in Europe and most Asian countries, the UAE, though I’ve never been to North/Central/South America, the Middle East, or anywhere in Africa.
- I love figure skating (the sport, I don’t actually skate) specifically ice dance. My favorites are Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir of Canada but I have many other favorites as well.
- I love sports in general. I love watching Athletics/Hockey, I keep up with Dance as well as gymnastics too. I also really like watching diving, badminton, and swimming. I love the Olympics too.
- I love playing my ukulele, and I’m trying out guitar as well atm (I’d love to play the violin one day)
- I love doing Model Congress (such as Harvard MC etc etc), and I really want to go try Model United Nations as well!
- I like painting(s), I’ve been to the Louvre before and it was absolutely amazing!
- I like calligraphy, stationery, studyblrs, and cute notes :)
- My favorite genre of music would be pop, but I also like classical music as well. I don’t mind Sinatra, Beatles, Elvis, and Prince. Oh and EDM’s cool :)
- I watch way too many TV Series to even count. I’m currently loving Timeless and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, I also watch The Flash, Arrow, Bones, TVD, The Originals, PLL, Riverdale, Reign, and many more lol // Fave movies ever would be Jurassic World and Spy.
- I also like theatre/broadway, and watching concerts and going to ballet/skating shows. Favs include Annie and Matilda!
- Fav youtubers are JustKiddingFilms // I also like watching beauty stuff, although I don’t keep up with drama.

Preferences: Preferrably 14-Early 20’s I guess. No racism or anti-LGBTQA. Anyone really is welcome though.


The lovely Elaine Morgan speaks in TEDTalks about the Aquatic Theory. In other words, she proposes that humans evolved from a primate ancestor that dwelt in watery and/or swampy habitats.

She confidently expresses very intriguing and curious facts that really do point out that we may have had an aquatic background. Facts that really gave me something to ponder about and I thought I should share this knowledge with everybody else. 

The chat is 17 minutes long but being an old lady with a British accent, I found her absolutely charming and absorbed by her charismatic outlook. Hopefully she will do the same to you. Enjoy.

NEW RESEARCH suggests that humans became the large-brained, large-bodied animals we are today because of natural selection to increase brain size.
The work, published in the journal Current Anthropology, contradicts previous models that treat brain size and body size as independent traits responding to separate evolutionary pressures.

Instead, the study shows for the first time that brain size and body size are genetically linked, and that selection to increase brain size will “pull along” body size, a phenomenon that may have played a key role in the increase in both traits that occurred near the origins of modern humans and other species in the genus Homo.

“Over the last four million years, brain size and body size increased substantially in our human ancestors,” said paper author Mark Grabowski, a James Arthur postdoctoral fellow in the Museum’s Division of Anthropology. “This observation has led to numerous hypotheses attempting to explain why observed changes occurred, but these typically make the assumption that brain- and body-size evolution are the products of separate natural selection forces.”

Read the full story on the Museum blog. 

I’ve been asked a number of questions about field schools on here so I’ve been keeping an eye out for field school info for you guys. George Washington University is now taking applications for their paleoanthropology field school! Many of the positions are fully funded, which is awesome, and George Washington University has a great anthropology program at the graduate and undergraduate level.


We know a lot about the life of Lucy, the famous fossil of Australopithecus afarensis —our ancient ancestor and bridge to the ape world.

Lucy was 3 feet tall; she lived in what is now Ethiopia and she walked upright. She ate leaves, grass and maybe nuts and seeds. She probably slept in a tree nest.

And now, after studying a 3-D scan of Lucy’s bones, scientists say they know something about her death. In a study published Monday in Nature, researchers at the University of Texas present evidence they say shows Lucy died after she fell out of a tree.

But other paleoanthropologists fired back, saying there was insufficient evidence to support the tree-fall theory.

Read more about the new theory here - and decide if you buy it!

Images: Wikimedia Commons; Marsha Miller/University of Texas, Austin; John Kappelman/Nature


A new New York Times video examines the life and legacy of Mary Leakey.

The short documentary remembers the pioneering paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, who discovered footprints of human ancestors on the African savanna. Her colleagues, several of whom help narrate, including American Museum of Natural History Curator Emeritus Ian Tattersall, uniformly remember her as an extraordinary character. Leakey was exacting in her science, and expected the same of her workers. 

Watch the video.


I think I might be a little in love with Mary Leakey.  To wit:

“[Her mother] placed Mary in a local Catholic convent to be educated, following the example of her own life. Later, Mary boasted of never passing an examination there.Mary could not even excel at French, although she spoke it fluently, because her teacher frowned upon her provincial accent. She was expelled for refusing to recite poetry, and then expelled from a second convent school for causing an explosion in a chemistry laboratory.” (wiki article)

Not to mention that she was a pretty badass paleoanthropologist in her own right.  She found the first Paranthropus boisei skull while out walking her dogs at ass o'clock, while Louis was sick/possibly sleeping off a hangover back at camp.


Evolutionary biologists argue that no study of human health or evolution is complete without considering the trillions of microbes that live in us or on us—our microbiome. In this SciCafe, join molecular anthropologist Christina Warinner as she explores how scientists are reconstructing the ancestral human microbiome to better understand the lives and health of our ancestors.

Download this lecture as a podcast. 


‘Lucy’, is the name given to a collection of fossilized bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species, who lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago.

She was named after The Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’

After making the historic find, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson headed back to his campsite with his team.

He put a Beatles cassette in the tape player, and when Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds came on, one of the group said he should call the skeleton Lucy.

“All of a sudden, she became a person,” Johanson said in an interview with BBC.