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Four Stone Hearth #84! (Gratuitous Gelada Edition)
January 13, 2010Posted by on
Welcome to the 84th edition of the Four Stone Hearth! The last time I did this, I tried to separate the posts into whichever “subfield” they fit into, but the intersectionality this time was phenomenal. Grab your favorite beverage and sit down for some good old-fashioned anthropology reading.
It’s not very often that we get to talk about culture from primates other than ourselves (though it’s becoming more and more frequent!), but Eric Michael Johnson discusses Susan Savage-Rumbaugh’s TED talk on Bonobos and the emergence of culture at The Primate Diaries.
Speaking of chimps, Michelle at SpiderMonkeyTales writes about the Fongoli Chimps and the things they do to cope with a more marginal environment. Nocturnal Chimps? In addition, the same chimps can understand fire.
Continuing on with the chimps-in-marginal-environments theme, Greg Laden discusses chimps, underground storage organs, volcanoes, and what all of them have to do with human evolution over at his place.
Raymond Ho writes about obedient young Campbell’s monkeys over at The Prancing Papio.
Beast Ape has written about Friendship, Fatherhood, and MHC in baboons. They’ve done lots of stuff with mate choice and MHC, but this is the first time I’ve seen it used in a parent-offspring project- with surprising results! Really, really cool.
Speaking of the bleeding heart baboons, I revealed that I have a major crush on geladas here. And why am I so sure that knuckle-walking evolved twice? And is it tacky to link to your own posts when you’re hosting a blog carnival?
Anna has written a beautiful piece about Childhood- its evolutionary origins, its philosophical implications, and cross-cultural variability- in The Ape That Wouldn’t Grow Up. Happy birthday, Anna!
Zacharoo from Lawn Chair Anthropology has written a fascinating post about signatures of hybridization in gorillas. Neat stuff!
On the more human side of things, Tim Jones at anthropology.net draws our attention to a really cool skeletal pathology found at Atapueurca- a craniosyntosis!- and what it means (or what it might not mean) about the sociobiology of Pleistocene hominids.
And, while he was at it, he reviewed some of recent news stories about Neandertals. Did they throw spears or javelins? Does it even matter? Why would anyone want to hurt Shanidar III? And do their teeth have anything to say about their love lives?
Julien from A Very Remote Period Indeed discusses the recent paper about Neandertal pigments in context with other Neandertal pigment and shell ornament papers. A fragmented horse metatarsal? Very clever.
Michelle wrote us another great post- this one about a possible Homo erectus hearth in Israel.
What if you could go back in time and sit around that ancient hearth? Martin from Aardvarchaeology discusses what it would be like and why it would be scary.
Magnus from Testimony of the Spade reviews To Wake the Dead, a book about Cyriacus of Ancona and the birth of archaeology.
Julien from A Very Remote Period Indeed relates a call to us paleo-people to integrate all of our cataloged fossils to a better picture of the history of biodiversity.
Another post from Julien discusses some of the recent literature on the archaeology of modern human behavior in East Asia.
At Neuroanthropology, Greg Downey discusses a recent article about the anthropology of American mental illness and other culture-bound syndromes. What a thought-provoking post!
Over at Anthropology in Practice, Krystal D’Costa was prompted by the Hadza to take stock of her essential items. My essential item right now is a mug of hot chocolate.
Krystal writes another great post on gold as an internal currency in South Asian culture.
Kerim has a post about becoming expat teacher near the location of his old field site.
Finally, here is one last gratuitous picture of a gelada, because this is my blog, I just submitted a first draft of my thesis, and I do what I want!
Julien will be hosting the next edition of the Four Stone Hearth over at A Very Remote Period Indeed. Make sure to submit some nice posts to keep us all busy. I’m looking at YOU, linguists!