Archives for December 6, 2009

Which is cuter, cats or dogs?

Neolithic Cannibalism

Cannibalism has been documented again and again in archaeological contexts, as part of normative human behavior. Here’s a recent report (I’ve not looked yet at the original) from the German Neolithic: Archaeologists have found evidence of mass cannibalism at a 7,000-year-old human burial site in south-west Germany, the journal Antiquity reports. The authors say their…

Nature on Climate Gate

The e-mail archives stolen last month from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, have been greeted by the climate-change-denialist fringe as a propaganda windfall (see page 551). To these denialists, the scientists’ scathing remarks about certain controversial palaeoclimate reconstructions qualify as the proverbial ‘smoking gun': proof that mainstream climate…