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mandag den 7. oktober 2013

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” ‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”

Richard Leakey and Alan Walker observing the skull of the Turkana Boy (1984) [en]

onsdag den 31. oktober 2012

Cribra Orbitalia [en]

lørdag den 27. oktober 2012

The porosities seen here in the orbital roof is cribra orbitalia, which is one among the most frequent pathological lesions seen in ancient juvenile human skeletons.

Chronic iron-deficiency anemia has been widely accepted as the probable cause of this condition. This iron-deficiency-anemia hypothesis is however inconsistent with recent hematological research that shows that iron deficiency per se cannot sustain the massive red blood cell production that causes the marrow expansion responsible for these lesions.

The source of the picture: kabwe1:

Myositis ossificans [da]

mandag den 10. september 2012

A good example of myositis ossificans, via dead-men-talking:

myositis ossificans
myositis ossificans

Os coxa (hip bone) of a 12-year-old boy from Amarna, Egypt, ca 1350 BCE.

The extra piece of bone extending to the left is ossified muscle, called myositis ossificans.  This is the traumatic version of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, which is hereditary.

Again and again the past is slowly washed away … [en]

tirsdag den 4. september 2012

Again and again the past is slowly washed away, and our history is disappearing bit by bit.

A greate piece by Banksy at Leake Street, London. Created May 2008 but painted over by August 2008.

Find more of Banksy’s work here:

Four great paleoanthropologists [da]

fredag den 24. august 2012
Four great paleoanthropologists
Four great paleoanthropologists

From Left to Right: Tim White, Richard Leakey, Bernard Wood and Donald Johanson examine Johanson’s newly discovered Australopithecus fossils at the National Museum of Kenya (Photo: David Brill, 1978)

Source: www.achievement.org

Homer and the Oral Traditions [da]

onsdag den 15. august 2012

This documentary shows that it is possible to transmit orally a poem as extense as the Illiad (14,000 verses). As evidence, a contemporary Irish bard is presented.

The Body in the Bog: The Lindow Man [da]

søndag den 17. juni 2012

QED charts the story of the discovery and investigation of a 2500-year-old murder victim found in a peat bog in Cheshire - the first Iron age bog body to be found in Britain. Scientific investigation established that ‘Pete Marsh’ or Lindow man had a last meal of bread before being ritually killed, first by a stunning blow to the head, then garrotting and finally having his throat cut before being dumped in a shallow pool.

According to Wikipedia the documentary attracted 10m viewers when broadcast in 1985.

The Grauballe Man [da]

fredag den 8. juni 2012

The bog body now known as the Grauballe Man was found on the 26th of April 1952, near the village of Grauballe in the central part of Jutland in Denmark. He was discovered by men cutting peat for fuel about three feet below the surface of the ground. When they were digging one of the workers, Tage Busk Sørensen (standing far right on picture no. 2) , stuck his spade into something that he immediately knew was not peat; he noticed the red hair of the Grauballe man pupping up and he soon realised that he had found the head of a human body. The local doctor was called and he quickly realised that this was not a job for neither him nor the police and Professor P.V. Glob from the Prehistory Museum at Aarhus was summoned.

Picture No. 1: The Grauballe Man in situ (photographed by P.V. Glob)

Picture No. 2: P.V. Glob and the peat workers. Tage is standing at the far right.

NESPOS – open source information about Pleistocene humans [da]

tirsdag den 5. juni 2012

NESPOS is an open source information platform about Pleistocene humans, providing detailed information about important sites, their analytical results, archaeological findings and a selection of literary quotes. Moreover it is a repository where archaeologists and paleoanthropologists can exchange their research results and ideas by a protected Wiki-based collaboration platform with a continuously growing sample of 3D scanned human fossils and artefacts. The only problem? It’s not quite for free!