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Blogging Suspended! Apologies

Having tried to get back on the wagon and failed, I’m just going to suspend the blog until I can get through the current morass of work I have to do. It’s just producing too many half written entries and too much guilt. See you whenever I get back behind the keyboard and can start writing.

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I’m back baby… and the Spanish want to give Chimps human rights

Apologies for the monster gap in posts. It’s been an epic couple of months of lost internet connections, holidays and crazy research work (more on that to come later). Anyway, to kick things off…

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They’re British and they Work in Telecoms…

No internet thanks to the spectacular incompetence of BT, so blogging has dried up to a trickle as I can only get on at work. Here is the rather excellent Marcus Brigstocke ranting about his similar experience…

Koko the Gorilla meets Mr Rodgers

Mr Rodgers meets Koko the sign language using gorilla on his TV special about accepting people with differences…

Evolang Post #5 – d’Errico and Bickerton

There were just two more plenary speakers at the end of the conference and both delivered fascinating and controversial presentations.

The archaeological positions on language evolution are complicated and frequently bitter. Archaeologists are reluctant to speculate on anything that doesn’t fossilise and the emergence of language is embedded into several, broader debates about how humans emerged. Firstly there is a debate about how late or early modern human behaviour emerged. Secondly a debate about when anatomically modern humans emerged, and finally a debate over the geographical pattern of emergence of modern humans (both behaviourally and biologically).

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Elephants Painting?

I’ve had a few emails recently asking about this clip that has been doing the rounds on youtube.

I’m pretty dubious that it represents an elephant truly drawing an abstract image of itself as some sort of therapy. None-the-less it remains fascinating.

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Heated hobbit debate takes new turn with thyroid theory

From the Guardian Science.

“The bitter scientific squabble over the true identity of the fossil hobbit has taken another acrimonious turn. An analysis by Australian researchers suggests the diminutive creatures were not members of a new species at all, but suffered from a congenital thyroid deficiency that stunted their growth.”

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