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Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse? Deforestation and Climate Change - Smithsonian (blog)

Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse? Deforestation and Climate Change - Smithsonian (blog) | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
Smithsonian (blog)Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse? Deforestation and Climate ChangeSmithsonian (blog)“There's a tremendous amount of change going on in Guatemala,” said Oglesby.

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Great Pyramid Mystery to Be Solved by Hidden Room?

Great Pyramid Mystery to Be Solved by Hidden Room? | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
A sealed space in Egypt's Great Pyramid may help solve a centuries-old mystery: How did the ancient Egyptians move two million 2.5-ton blocks to build the ancient wonder?
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The Superorganic: Why OPEN ACCESS is Good for the Anthropology

The Superorganic: Why OPEN ACCESS is Good for the Anthropology | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it

This blog is dedicated to Applied Anthropology and the anthropological exploration of the human species and its environment. As Alfred Louis Kroeber observed: "Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the ...


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Study casts doubt on human-Neanderthal interbreeding theory

Study casts doubt on human-Neanderthal interbreeding theory | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
Cambridge scientists claim DNA overlap between Neanderthals and modern humans is a remnant of a common ancestor...
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Traces of real-life kraken believed discovered

Traces of real-life kraken believed discovered | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
A giant sea monster, the likes of the mythological kraken, may have swum Earth's ancient oceans, snagging what was thought to be the sea's top predators — school bus-size ichthyosaurs with fearsome teeth.

 

 

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12,000 Years Old Ancient Temple Structure - Göbekli Tepe , Turkey -

Göbekli Tepe—the name in Turkish for "potbelly hill"—lays art and religion squarely at the start of that journey. After a dozen years of patient work, Schmidt has uncovered what he thinks is definitive proof that a huge ceremonial site flourished here, a "Rome of the Ice Age," as he puts it,
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Skull Resets Human Migration Clock : Discovery News

Skull Resets Human Migration Clock : Discovery News | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
Fragments of a human skull found in Laos suggest humans had a single, rapid migration to Asia.
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Inca Skull Surgeons Were "Highly Skilled," Study Finds

Inca Skull Surgeons Were "Highly Skilled," Study Finds | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
Dangerous skull surgery was commonly and successfully performed among the Inca, likely as a treatment for head injuries suffered during combat, a new study finds.
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Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves

Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it

I just had an epiphany reading this article that explains how curation is the shaping out of a global brain for mankind. I've used this analogy in the past (such as recently in this TechCoktail interview) and I've always thought I was maybe sounding a bit crazy.

 

Well, good to see I'm not the only one. Thanks Eliot van Buskirk: you just made my day! 

 

And as I said in the comments on this post, the other important point that's happening is that human curators are not just passing the information: they enrich it. With context and meaning to a particular audience. So yes, this global brain we're building will be smart.

 

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Guillaume Decugis's comment, July 9, 2012 2:19 PM
@Scott - The idea in the article is that curators pass ideas in a similar manner to neurons and synapses in the human brain, forming a global brain. An idea which isn't new but which could be taking shape with the Internet, social media and... curation.
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Big idea - collective consciousness

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Scientists Find Ancient Rainforest—in Antarctica

Scientists Find Ancient Rainforest—in Antarctica | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
It turns out Antarctica wasn't always an inhospitable expanse of ice. Drilling in the seabed off Antarctica has dug up sediment cores that, scientists say, reveal that a "near-tropical"... Green News Summaries.
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Göbekli Tepe - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Göbekli Tepe - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
The Birth of Religion: We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion. Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.
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You can't do the math without the words: Amazonian tribe lacks words for numbers

You can't do the math without the words: Amazonian tribe lacks words for numbers | Anthropology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
"The Piraha is a really fascinating group because they are really only one or two groups in the world that are totally anumeric," says Everett, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the UM College of Arts and Sciences.

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