domingo, 25 de septiembre de 2016

Paleoart and Materiality: The Scientific Study of Rock Art



Book: Paleoart and Materiality: The Scientific Study of Rock Art
Robert G. Bednarik (Editor); Danae Fiore Fiore (Editor); Mara Basile (Editor)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology (October 31, 2016)
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This book contains a series of selected papers presented at two symposia entitled ‘Scientific study of rock art’, one held in the IFRAO Congress of Rock Art in La Paz, Bolivia, in June 2012, the other held in the IFRAO Congress in Cáceres, Spain, in September 2015; as well as some invited papers from leading rock art scientists. The core topic of the book is the presentation of scientific approaches to the materiality of rock art, ranging from recording and sampling methods to data analyses. These share the fact that they provide...

Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils



Book: Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils
Lydia Pyne
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Viking (August 16, 2016)

An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors... (Look inside)

Related: Neanderthals were stereotyped as savages for a century — all because of one French scientist - Vox
When anthropologists discover a new set of hominid fossils, the first questions are obvious: What is this creature? Where does it fit in on the evolutionary tree?

But it has to be hard not to look into the hollow eye sockets and also wonder: Were you more like me — or more like an animal?

"The desire to create a story, or to narrate and create characters, I think is really powerful" for anyone doing archaeological research, Lydia Pyne, a historian, anthropologist, and author, tells me.

Among the most famous characters is a Neanderthal called "the Old Man of La Chapelle," which Pyne explores in one chapter of her latest book, Seven Skeletons...


ActualizaciónBook Talk: Meet 7 Celebrity Fossils and Find Out What Made Them Famous
What makes a fossil—like Lucy, say, or the Hobbit—a celebrity?

This is the question that writer, historian, and avid rock climber Lydia Pyne excavates in her new book, Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Human Fossils. The answer, she insists, is not just important for scientists. It also teaches us important lessons about our own origins as a species.

When National Geographic caught up with Pyne at her home in Austin, Texas, she explained how the creator of Sherlock Holmes was implicated in an archaeological hoax in Britain; how a Beatles song inspired the name of the world’s most famous fossil; and why an exciting discovery story is a key component of the celebrity fossil...

Cave paintings found in southern Turkey


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Archaeologists announced the discovery of 10 cave paintings in the southern city of Mersin on Friday and said they dated back about 8,000 years ago.

The paintings discovered in a cave in the city's Gülnar district were almost fully intact, scientists said at a press conference.

The discovery sheds light on the prehistoric period of the region formerly known as Cilicia. Professor Murat Durukan of Mersin University and Associate Professor Serdar Girginer of Çukurova University, two archeologists that worked in the excavation, told reporters the primitive cave paintings were the continuation of findings of similar rock art on the ancient Latmos Mountains in western Turkey, and showed that the parietal art was confined to Latmos or other places in western and southwestern Turkey. [...] Daily Sabah / Link 2 

Enredos en la familia humana


Gráfico: El rompezabezas de la evolución humana

La evolución humana ya no se explica como una simple cadena lineal de eslabones perdidos. La ciencia nos revela un entramado más complejo de elementos, con una mayor diversidad entre especies

... Curiosamente, y sin que lo supiera Darwin, la primera evidencia de una especie humana primitiva y extinta se había descubierto tres años antes de la publicación de El origen de las especies. El 9 de septiembre de 1856, una cuadrilla de obreros que excavaba cerca de Düsseldorf extrajo de una cueva 16 huesos fosilizados. Pensaron que eran de un oso, pero tuvieron el atino de llevárselos al maestro de un pueblo cercano por si fueran de alguna utilidad para la ciencia. Y vaya si lo fueron. El maestro, llamado Johann Carl Fuhlrott, percibió que los huesos “eran muy antiguos y pertenecían a un ser humano muy diferente del hombre contemporáneo”. Había descubierto al hombre de Neandertal... (Vídeo) EL PAÍS
  • ¿Qué hay de nuevo, neandertales? Antonio Rosas. Lejos de representar la imagen de lo primitivo, fueron los humanos más parecidos a nosotros...
  • Misterios y problemas Juan Luis Arsuaga. La historia de los humanos es larga (de siete millones de años) y compleja, muy ramificada, con muchos vericuetos en todo el ancho mundo...