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Scientists: Underground stone rings made by Neanderthals - The Boston Globe

Scientists: Underground stone rings made by Neanderthals - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Two mysterious stone rings found deep inside a French cave were probably built by Neanderthals about 176,500 years ago, proving that the ancient cousins of humans were capable of more complex behavior than previously thought, scientists say.
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I always knew my Neanderthal relatives were good for something more if we'd let them out of the cage. 
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Religion was born of affluence: The surprising origins of moral faith

Religion was born of affluence: The surprising origins of moral faith | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New research challenges our understanding of how man began to ponder the meaning of existence
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In a controversial article published in "Current Biology", the authors argue that the emergence of spiritual/moral religious concern occurred when humans were able to depend on sufficient energy (primarily in the form of food and heat) to provide some guarantee of physical security. They suggest this allowed time to ponder long-term and cooperative behavior and beyond that the meaning of life. All this sounds just fine except of course it ignores an awareness of and concern with death as the underlying reason for religion. It also ignores the more Freudian model in which religion allows tribal behavior instead of rivalry of males which makes cooperative action so difficult, and there is great reason for mutual activity when there is threat and/or insufficient food. So why bother to mention this article at all? Because it reminds us that religion is not from outside but from within humans. It may reflect our species's highest aspirations, but spiritual religion obviously has filled human needs rather than being provided by some external god source. Of course, Mary Flanagan's response to all this would be, "Christ, hae mercy." Which is a good reason to read "Widow's Walk."

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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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A Photographer Visited A Lost Mongolian Tribe. These Photos Are Stunning

A Photographer Visited A Lost Mongolian Tribe. These Photos Are Stunning | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Dukha are also known as the “Tsaatan,” a term that means “reindeer herder.”
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I have always wanted to visit Mongolia. This small but unique group are just one of the many reasons I have been for so long fascinated by this remote country, which is now finding its place in the world.

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How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Forty thousand years ago in Europe our ancestors formed a crucial and lasting alliance that enabled us to finish off our evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals
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Just a theory, but a fascinating one at that. It may explain why my Airedale Jennifer always wanted to help bring in the bags of dog food but expected bacon and roast beef at dinner.

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Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa

Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a 55,000-year-old skull fossil that they say is a missing connection between African and European populations.
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I love physical anthropology and archeology. I can't help wondering outside the box on this. Given that there is one skull and from a specimen that may have died young, could it be that this is an unsuccessful breeding of Neanderthal and more modern human? This doesn't preclude such interbreeding but rather asks the question of the process of compatibility, were the two populations always able to breed making them one species or was the process more involved.

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The day the Pintupi Nine entered the modern world

The day the Pintupi Nine entered the modern world | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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As a social scientist, I found this fascinating. Imagine they only learned of the modern world in 1984. Living, surviving in the bush that way. What amazing capacity for survival we humans have.

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Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history

Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Copper coins and a 70-year-old map with an ‘X’ marked on it may lead to a discovery that could change everything we've been led to believe about Australia's discovery.
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Don't you love anthropology?

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Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bedouin families in the Gaza Strip continue to breed camels, which are considered a significant part of Bedouin tradition and an important source of income.
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Living in a culture where almost everything is fungible, it is difficult for Americans to understand the value placed on camels among the Bedouin or cows among the Dinka and Masai of Africa, but there are things that matter beyond money in this world. 
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'New species' of ancient human found - BBC News

'New species' of ancient human found - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.
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This absolutely made my morning. I always knew my family tree was complicated, but never appreciated how complicated.

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New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

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Researchers in Kenya uncover tools dated to 3.3 million years ago, long before the first humans, as we know them, walked the Earth.
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If you enjoy paleontology and physical anthropology, this is a great article. Imagine it; proto-hominids were making tools over half a million years before our species evolved. What does that imply about the role of handiness in evolution? These were probably not our ancestors but related to those earliest humans.

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Oldest human fossil found in Ethiopia, predating others by 400,000 years

Oldest human fossil found in Ethiopia, predating others by 400,000 years | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The left side of a lower jaw is thought to be part of the Homo lineage and dates back 2.8 million years ago VIDEO
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This is the kind of a once in a lifetime find of which paleo-anthropologists dream. A hominid jaw that helps fill in the timeline of human evolution. WOW!

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10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE

10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Next time your children complain about their grammar classes, send them to learn
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A fascinating list of some of the world's most unusual languages. Some disappearing and a couple growing in popularity, but all of them unique. If you love language, as I do, this is a great article to just enjoy.

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Amazon tribe raids Peru village

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About 200 Mashco-Piro Indians armed with bows and arrows arrived at Monte Salvador looking for food.

They are said to have killed domestic animals and taken cooking pots and other metal goods.

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What a strange problem: Should we preserve the primitive and create a reserve as if they were animals to be contained or should we try to connect with them at the cost of their culture? But if they are killing domestic animals and seeking metal objects, haven't we already begun changing them? Anybody remember "The Gods Must Be Crazy?"

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Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known

Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on Sulawesi had previously been dismissed as no more than 10,000 years old.
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Fascinating archeology. I love the idea of early humans communicating through art. I wonder if I can write a story about it. What is the message behind these drawings? Don't you want to know?

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Who is Fiercer: Yanomamö Indians or Dueling Tribes of Anthropologists?

Who is Fiercer: Yanomamö Indians or Dueling Tribes of Anthropologists? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Two young boys are having an argument while their fathers, resting in hammocks, look on. The argument is over something silly but escalates until the dads decide to intervene.
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Anthropology can make us seem very different of very much the same. Are we not all more nearly human than otherwise? Sadly, when a particular aspect of a culture or community is taken out of context or exaggerated, it can be used in the service of political and economic tyranny.

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