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The twenty-fourth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Paddy K’s Swedish Extravaganza. It’s a particularly populous and witty edition. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to scratch your pubic lice and soothe your fear of the cave bear.

The next open hosting slot is on 24 October 7 November. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me. You don’t have to be an anthropologist, but bipedalism is encouraged.

Comments

  1. #1 DDeden
    September 27, 2007

    I’ve a question that relates to dinosaur feathers and hominids and cavemen. When researchers in the field find a skull, what is their priority? To pick and brush it off, right?

    Since we know that dinosaur and ancient bird feather imprints can be retained if the critter was covered in fine mud (rare but not unusual), shouldn’t skull diggers be looking at the inverse of the skull for hair imprints on the dried mudstone? Of course once the skull’s soft tissues decomposed, the surrounding silts collapsing inwards would destroy some of the features, but the dead hair protein would probably leave an imprint, possibly visible through MRI or micro or nano Xray analysis or something.

    I for one would like to know the precise hair/beard patterns, as I’m tired of paintings, drawings, models of ancient neandertals, erectoids and apiths with short haircuts, since sapiens have hair that grows a yard long when left uncut.

    I do wish the bone & stone folks would check on hair, probably the only soft tissue recognizable after 20k years in the hardening mud.

    Yes, I accept the Nobel prize for that great idea, I need the cash!
    Tolarne Swenske? Snukre du Norsk? Yah Vikings (I’m from Minnesoota).

  2. #2 Lilly
    February 4, 2010

    Hi, i’m trying to source this photo? The one seen here…

    Can you tell me anything you know about it? lsevilla@cpbgroup.com
    thanks

    LGS

  3. #3 Martin R
    February 5, 2010

    It’s a film still from the 1981 movie The Quest for Fire. I got it from Paddy K’s blog.

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