February 19, 2013

Can We Trust Jared Diamond?

Bryn Williams, Slate

AP Photo

Jared Diamond is a master of cultural and historical bricolage. His books weave epic stories about the human condition from the disparate cultural practices of a wide range of people living in different environments. In his Pulitzer Prize–winning Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond used this eclectic empiricism to tell a story about the role of geography in human history. InCollapse, he used the same approach to stage a morality play...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Anthropology, Jared Diamond, Journalism


October 21, 2013
Neanderthals Ate Contents of Animal Stomachs
Robin McKie, Guardian
It was the tell-tale tartar on the teeth that told the truth. Or at least, that is what it appeared to do. Researchers – after studying calcified plaque on Neanderthal fossil teeth found in El Sidrón cave in Spain... more ››
October 18, 2013
Can a Single Skull Doom 14 Species?
Darren Curnoe, The Conversation
A newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe has been pitched as disproving a decades-old paradigm in human evolution.Its discoverers claim the find sinks more than a dozen species into a single... more ››
October 15, 2013
Otzi the Iceman Has 19 Living Relatives
Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
Ötzi the Iceman has at least 19 living male relatives in the Austrian Tirol, according to a genetic study into the origins of the people who now inhabit the region. more ››
October 14, 2013
Biggest Misconceptions About Columbus Day
Andrew Howley, Nat Geo
Christopher Columbus’s landfall in the Western Hemisphere on October 12, 1492, is commemorated throughout the Americas and elsewhere with various emphases, including celebrations of exploration, history, cultural heritage,... more ››