jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2011

El Parque de las Ciencias de Granada acoge la presentación de ‘El Cuaternario del sur de España: un puente entre África y el dominio Alpino’

El Parque de las Ciencias acoge el próximo viernes 25 de noviembre la presentación del volumen ‘El Cuartenario del sur de España: un puente entre África y el dominio Alpino’ de la revista Quaternary International, editado por Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, investigador del Institut Catalá de Paleoecología Humana i Evolució Social.

El volumen incluye 20 artículos, catorce de ellos dedicados a la importancia del registro geológico, paleontológico y arqueológico del Plio-Pleistoceno de Andalucía.

Asisten: Margarita Sánchez, Directora General de Bienes Culturales de Andalucía
José Ramón Martínez, Alcalde de Orce
Pascual Rivas, Catedrático de Paleontología de la Universidad de Granada
Gonzalo Aranda, Profesor de Prehistoria de la Universidad de Granada
Robert Sala, Director del Proyecto de Investigación de la cuenca Guadix-Baza

Fecha: viernes, 25 de noviembre
Hora: 11.00 horas
Lugar: Sala Gutenberg. Edificio Macroscopio

Fuente: Malagaes.com
Relacionado: Quaternary International Volume 243, Issue 1, Pages 1-248 (19 October 2011)

«En Tito Bustillo pueden aparecer más pinturas»

El guía de la cueva publica un libro sobre el arte paleolítico en la gruta rupestre de Ribadesella

Miguel Polledo, historiador de formación, se ha valido de su experiencia profesional como guía de cuevas con arte rupestre de Asturias para ahondar en el conocimiento de la de Tito Bustillo desde un punto de vista divulgativo que ha plasmado en ‘El Arte Paleolítico de Tito Bustillo Cazadores y artistas en la cueva del Pozu´l Ramu’ .

¿Qué le movió a escribir el libro? Mi intención era hacer un libro sobre Tito Bustillo que fuese un poco más accesible, entendible. Hay una bibliografía amplia sobre la cueva, quizá algo dispersa, y se trataba de hacer una obra de conjunto, recopilando toda esa documentación. Hacer un libro que además complemente las visitas guiadas a la cueva, aportando un poco más de información de la que es posible transmitir en una visita... (Entrevista)

«En Tito Bustillo pueden aparecer más pinturas» - La Voz de Asturias

Avales para la réplica de Tito Bustillo

Foro anunció en campaña electoral su intención de buscar financiación mediante el 1% Cultural de las obras del Estado

Las personas que en su momento lideraron la Plataforma Ciudadana Tito Bustillo acogen con agrado la propuesta realizada por el senador de Foro Asturias, Ignacio Martínez Oblanca, para recuperar la idea de la Neocueva riosellana...

Avales para la réplica de Tito Bustillo - El Comercio Digital (Asturias)

Kenya: Gang behind fossil discoveries

Kenya is no doubt known as the cradle of humankind and this title to it is not misplaced. The country has produced some of the best fossils and especially of hominines as humankind ancestors in the evolutionary circles are referred to.

Many will have heard of great names like Prof. Richard Leakey and his Paleontologist wife Professor Meave Leakey, Prof. Don Johanson, Prof. Tim White, Prof Allan Walker, Dr. Fredrick Manthi, Wolde Gabriel, Asfaw and others. However behind the spectacular finds is a group of dedicated field assistants whose work is to scour the bad lands looking for these fossils.

This group referred to as the hominid gang works on the ground covering hectares and hectares of lands deliberately walking with eyes on the ground and taking in all the details from the ground in search of the precious fossils.

Temperatures are forbidding with some areas reporting highs of 50 degrees Celsius yet this group remains unbowed with the aim of spotting just one tooth, piece of finger bone or even of the skull.

Prof. Meave Leakey of Stony Brook University and a co-director of Koobi Fora Research Project which is responsible of a large percentage of all the finds say: "However, less well known are the unsung fossil finders, an amazingly skilled group of people who are largely responsible for the discovery of each and every one of these fossils. Finding fossils takes great skill and patience"...

AfricaNews - Kenya: Gang behind fossil discoveries

'Doh' might have been one of man's first words...

'Doh' might have been one of man's first words... Homer Simpson would have been proud

It is the very modern catchphrase of Homer Simpson. But ‘D’oh’ – or a version of it – may have prehistoric origins.

Research suggests that ‘Duh’ would have been one of the first words spoken by humans.

It is thought that the shape and mechanics of the mouth, throat and other parts of the vocal tract of our ancestors from one million years ago would have allowed them to speak – but not a lot.

Vowels would have all sounded like ‘u’. And ‘d’ goes particularly well with ‘u’ – making ‘duh’ a distinct possibility.

‘Buh’ could also have been used to communicate, says Bart de Boer, an expert on the evolution of speech.

The mouth, tongue and throat are mainly made of soft tissue and so there is little evidence of them in the fossil record.

But there is one bone in the vocal tract – the hyoid – and Dr de Boer began by studying it.

In apes the hyoid attaches to a large pouch called an air sac, that makes sounds bigger and deeper.

Our ancestors from 3.3million years ago... [Read more]

Link 2: Our ancestors speak out after 3 million years

China´s Hunan may be birthplace of cultivated rice

CHANGDE - Research jointly conducted by Chinese and US scientists concluded that rice cultivation may have started in east China's Hunan province.

In the Shanlonggang archeological site in Linli county in the city of Changde, some carbonized paddy rice dating back more than 8,000 years were discovered Tuesday afternoon, researchers said.

The research team will further study the rice to find out whether it is wild or cultivated, said Li Yiyuan, a researcher from the Hunan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.

Ofer Bar-yosef, a professor from Harvard University, said if the newly discovered paddy can be proved to have been cultivated, it would be the oldest such rice discovered to date.

The archaeological excavation started November 1, and is jointly conducted by experts from the Hunan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Harvard University, Peking University and Boston University.

The Shanlonggang archeological site, discovered in 2005, is considered a relic of the Neolithic period.

Besides the rice, some other objects, including stoneware, pottery and animal bones, have also been also unearthed at the site.

China´s Hunan may be birthplace of cultivated rice CCTV News - CNTV English

Dog domesticated in SE Asia (claims new study)

The authors describe this region as "Asia South of the Yangtze" (ASY) but I usually call it SE Asia, your call.

Z-L Ding et al., Origins of domestic dog in Southern East Asia is supported by analysis of Y-chromosome DNA. Nature 2011. (Fully accessed on Nov 24 as advance online publication).

The region, specially what they call SW ASY (Indochina, Guangxi and Yunnan) hosts the largest Y-DNA diversity for the domestic variant of the wolf but this is not true of East Asia north of the Yangtze, what may have confused researchers in the past. Instead the Fertile Crescent and Siberia hold the second and third largest diversity figures...

Dog domesticated in SE Asia (claims new study)

Link 2: Pruebas genéticas ubican en China a los primeros perros