Early Humans Refused to Be Classified

first_imgWe humans like to classify things, and when we classify ourselves, we sometimes get into trouble.  We create groups of “us” and “them” that breed conflicts.  A fight of sorts is going on between paleoanthropologists, reports Science News1 May 22, over what to make of some skulls found in a cave in Romania.  The skulls are blurring the neat categories most anthropologists had made to distinguish primitive and early modern humans.    The discovery last June, an Indiana Jones-like adventure involving cave diving into a tomb-like chamber and finding bones of cave bears and human skulls, has the makings of a good movie.  But now that the skulls are in the lab, scientists are scratching their own skulls figuring out where to fit them in the human lineage.  The problem is that they display both “primitive” and “modern” traits: modern cheek bones and no brow ridges, but heavy-set jaws and massive teeth.  Named Oase (wah-see) after the cave in which they were found, the skulls also contain multi-ridged third molars larger than those of Neanderthals.  These bones and another found in Portugal that displays “a potpourri of traits from both species” are causing some anthropologists to suggest that all these varieties of early humans interbred.  That threatens to overturn favorite theories about human evolution:The Oase skull’s strange combination of modern and archaic characteristics underscores scientific confusion about how to define anatomically modern humans, [Erik] Trinkaus [Washington U at St. Louis] adds.    “Paleontologists have created an artificial [anatomical] Rubicon that the Oase fossils violate,” he says.  “The blend of traits on these specimens contradicts the existence of a straightforward evolutionary process [during the Stone Age] in which modern humans came out of Africa and replaced everyone else.”    In more serious jeopardy is the practice of classification itself.  “One way to make sense of fossils such as the Portuguese child and the Oase skull is to stop assuming that each ancient Homo species existed on a separate branch of an evolutionary tree, says Trenton W. Holliday of Tulane University in New Orleans.”1Bruce Bower, “Humanity’s Strange Face,” Science News Week of May 22, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 21, p. 328.Is it possible to be racist with long-dead humans?  There is a great deal of variation among people groups living today (Watusi and pygmy, etc.), yet they are all 100% human and it is very unPC to discriminate between them.  Variation within a species can be quite pronounced.  Anthropologists seem to be too quick to sort bones into evolutionary lineages without considering the environmental influences on anatomy, such as diet: chewing tough meat might accentuate brow ridges and teeth, for instance.    This long-fumbling practice of classifying human bones into separate species so as to weave a tale of evolution should be scorned for its phony discrimination.  It’s not science; it is dogma looking for support.  Primitive, my tooth.  These deceased brethren could probably outrun and outsmart any modern paleoanthropologist on the trail of a cave bear.  That takes brains, physical fitness, and complex DNA that is anything but primitive.  Maybe the new paradigm is that humans have been devolving from highly intelligent, skilled, artistic hunters into lazy, obese, foolish storytellers.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Publisha Promotes Apptop Publishing

first_imgcurt hopkins Tags:#Publishing Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… UK company Publisha has created a platform for doing what people are already doing but with less labor and more standardization: publishing across platforms that include mobile. The platform is currently in beta. From one dashboard, a user can publish to a website (provided by Publisha), to iPhone/iPad and to Facebook, where the Publisha network is broadcast. The same act produces an RSS feed, is indexed on search engines and soon will publish to Twitter. CEO Ian Howlett focuses on the platform as a service that produces a “whole ecosystem” of publishing. “Unlike PDF readers, we’re not trying to replicate print magazines, but rather focus on offering a service to bloggers, writers and publishers who don’t want the constraints of a traditional magazine layout. Publisha allows even small teams to easily publish across multiple digital platforms.”There is also a focus on what the company’s marketing consultant Anna Sjöström calls “the heart of Publisha’s beta framework.“(It’s) a unique Facebook app that sits as an ‘articles’ tab within an existing Facebook page and enables publishing of full articles, interactive content, polls and takes advantage of inbuilt viral features.” The basic Publisha account does not require an initial outlay. But of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The company takes 20% of your ad space and 20% revenue of any ads you sell through your Publisha-published site. The basic site is 10 GB, the $50 Professional account is 20 and the $250 Enterprise allows you 30. With the Enterprise account, you do not farm out any ad space. The examples of Publisha users the company provides include Amarya, an organic health and beauty company, and Bodas USA, a bridal magazine. The trade-off seems to be expressiveness for convenience and standardization. Here’s the Amarya blog and here is the Facebook app for Bodas.Publisha is lead by CEO Howlett, formerly a software developer with Unisys and FT.com, and Chairman and angel investor Chris Mottes. Mottes is the co-founder and CEO of Deadline Games and CEO of Six Ravens Capital. All in all it seems like a reasonable offer for people and companies who do not want to spend capital and work-hours on maintaining an integrated social media presence. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Lucknow Metro delay unavoidable, says E. Sreedharan

first_imgThe delay in starting the Lucknow Metro for public use cannot be attributed to the change in political power at the helm of Uttar Pradesh, said noted civil engineer E. Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, here on Thursday.Mr. Sreedharan said the transition in power from the Samajwadi Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in U.P. had no impact on the “planning or schedule” of the Lucknow Metro’s construction. The postponement of the deadline was due to “unavoidable reasons” such as the delay in receiving coaches and timely Railway clearances, he said. He expressed confidence that the Metro rail would be running in the U.P. capital by the third or fourth week of July.Mr. Sreedharan said Metro projects across India were awaiting government clearances as the Centre was finalising a new Metro policy. Work for the Lucknow Metro began in September 2014 and the trial run on its priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016. The previous SP government had announced the services would begin on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the BJP government criticising the previous Akhikesh Yadav regime for doing things “hastily”. Despite the repeated extension of the deadline, Mr. Sreedharan said the Lucknow Metro could boast of having the fastest first section of any metro be be completed anywhere in the country.last_img read more

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Brisbane Touch Football grows from humble start

first_imgTuesday’s Courier Mail has a great story about Touch Football in Brisbane and how it is celebrating 40 years in 2013.  To view the story, please click on the link below: http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/more-sports/love-of-the-game-brisbane-touch-football-grows-from-humble-start/story-fnii0hmo-1226679980464 Related LinksCourier Mail Storylast_img

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Unbridled Love Royal New Years Eve Start Filming in Vancouver Area

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Unbridled Love (TV Movie)Following the death of her aunt, Sarah returns home to her Uncle’s farm for the holidays. Although she was hoping to find comfort in her family’s Christmas traditions, her uncle’s plan is to avoid them altogether. In the midst of their tension, a handsome Hollywood celebrity named Graham comes knocking, looking to use the farm as research for his next film. It takes some wooing for Graham to convince Sarah to let him use the property, but as he begins his work, Sarah finds herself in love with Graham. Between her family struggles and her new romance with Graham, Sarah winds up with a Christmas she’ll never forget.Unbridled Love stars Oakville, Ontario native Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Librarians), Kristoffer Polaha (Where Hope Grows, Get Shorty) and Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores, Chicago Fire).READ MOREcenter_img Facebook LINDY BOOTH LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Salah not a Galactico – Balague

first_imgSpanish football expert Guillem Balague has insisted that it is very unlikely that Mohamed Salah will join Real Madrid in the near future, as they do not view him as a “Galactico”The Liverpool forward has been an instant success in his debut season at Anfield and has already bagged 36 goals in all competitions this season.In light of these performances, Salah has been strongly linked with a move to Real this summer with the club looking to reportedly rebuild their squad after a frustrating season at the Spanish capital.However, contrary to these rumours, Balague has insisted that it is highly unlikely that Salah will join Zinedine Zidane’s side this summer. But he does believes that there is interest for Eden Hazard.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Salah is a difficult one because Real Madrid have no mention of him as a candidate to be a Galactico,” said Balague, according to Daily Star.“You can think there is a market in Egypt and he is a star of the Premier League – he has a lot of things to go for him – but if they get Hazard they won’t need Salah.“It seems like they wouldn’t put that much money into Salah.”Balague also confirmed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.last_img read more

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Spanish clubs name their Champions League squads

first_imgReal Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia have all named their squads for the 2018/19 Champions League campaignReal Madrid enter the tournament aiming to win a four successive Champions League title this season.Marca reports that 31 players have been named in the squad with several youth teamers included.The 31 players are as follows: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Thibaut Courtois, Luca Zidane, Dani Carvajal, Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon, Adri De la Fuente, Javi Sanchez, Sergio Lopez, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Seoane, Feuillasier, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Cristo, Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz.Meanwhile, Barcelona have named 32 players with 10 of them being youth teamersSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The 32 players are as follows: Marc Andre ter-Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Ignacio Pena, Jokin Ezquieta Mendiburu, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Rafinha Alcantara, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, Juan Miranda, Jorge Cuenca Barreno, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Arthur Melo, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Ricard Puig, Monchu, Alex Collado, Oriol Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Malcom, Munir El Haddadi, Abel Ruiz.Europa League winners Atletico Madrid have named just 24 players for their squad with only four youth teamers.The 24 players are as follows: Antonio Adan, Jan Oblak, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Santiago Arias, Stefan Savic, Juanfran, Lucas Hernandez, Jose Maria Gimenez, Thomas Partey, Koke, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar, Rodri, Gelson Martins, Vitolo, Cristian Rodriguez, Antoine Griezmann, Nikola Kalinic, Angel Correa, Diego Costa, Dario Poveda, Borja Garces, Victor Mollejo.Valencia have added 29 names to their squad with six of them being youth teamers.The 29 players are as follows: Jaume Domenech, Neto Murara, Cristian Rivero, Ruben Vezo, Jeison Murillo, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gayà, Antonio Lato, Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay, Javier Jimenez, Alejandro Centelles, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Carlos Soler, Daniel Parejo, Denis Cheryshev, Francis Coquelin, Daniel Wass, Ferran Torres, Uros Racic, Alex Blanco, Kangin Lee, Kevin Gameiro, Rodrigo Moreno, Santi Mina, Michy Batshuayi.last_img read more

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Jolie hints at move into politics

first_imgAngelina Jolie arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, 18 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersAngelina Jolie hinted on Friday she could one day enter politics, as she urged global leaders to do more to help refugees and women in conflict.Asked whether she was moving towards a political career, the Hollywood star, an envoy for the U.N. refugee agency who has also campaigned on sexual violence against women, said she would “go where I’m needed”.”If you asked me 20 years ago, I would’ve laughed,” she said in an interview with British broadcaster the BBC. “I don’t know if I’m fit for politics, but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet.”Jolie said her work with the United Nations and other organisations enabled her to “get a lot done without a title”, but did not rule out a future switch.”I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change and right now, I am able to work with a U.N. agency … to do a lot of work directly with the people in need,” she said.”I’m also able to work with governments and I’m also able to work with militaries. And so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done without a title and without it being about myself or my policies. So for now I’ll sit quiet.”The Oscar-winning actor has in recent years visited refugee camps to highlight the plight of those uprooted by war, and broadened her international efforts to protect women, working with NATO and governments to help stop the use of rape as a weapon of war.With 68.5 million people uprooted globally, she said more needed to be done to support refugees and host communities in developing countries.”The focus should be what is happening to these people? Why is this happening? How do we have this many people uprooted and what are the causes?” Jolie said.U.N. members earlier this month adopted a deal aimed at improving the way world copes with rising migration.The non-binding pact, meant to foster cooperation on migration, was agreed in July by all 193 U.N. members except the United States, but only 164 formally signed it at the meeting.”This should not be seen as a headache for people. This is how we need our leaders to be thinking about balancing our world,” she added.VOICE FOR WOMENJolie, a mother of six who last year released her film “First They Killed My Father” about Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime, launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in 2012 with Britain’s former foreign minister William Hague.NATO agreed in January to help report on sexual violence in war to help bring perpetrators to justice and challenge the idea that rape is an unavoidable aspect of conflict.But there have been questions over the effectiveness of the initiative, especially in light of the mass rape of Rohingya women in Myanmar during a crackdown that forced 720,000 refugees to flee to Bangladesh.Interviewed on BBC Radio’s Today programme, which she guest edited, Jolie said the campaign had made a difference.”I have met victims who finally got reparations when they didn’t have them before,” she said. “When there are prosecutions and when there is accountability, we will see a real change.”last_img read more

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IIMC Innovation Park ICC sign MoU to promote startups

first_imgKolkata: IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Indian Chamber of Commerce(ICC) on Wednesday signed a MoU for energising the startup ecosystem in East and Northeast India. The MoU will bring incubator and industry together in a more formal way, IIMC Innovation Park CEO Subhrangshu Sanyal said. “We have certain strength while ICC has wide industry connect which will help us a lot to promote the startups whom we are incubating,” he said. ICC Director General Rajeev Singh said the eastern and northeastern region need greater attention in the startup growth story of the country and the chamber can offer a platform for market linkage for the startups and promote their products and services. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The start-ups would hugely benefit from the opportunities for mentoring and industry connect. We hope this initiative would be a game changer for the start-up movement in East and Northeast India,” he said. Singh said ICC is currently working on a new program that aims to offer all key services under a single roof at a very low cost for startups beginning from initial advisory, market linkage, fundraising and legal service. IIM Innovation Park is currently incubating 40 startups with almost half from Bengal, sources in it said.last_img read more

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