#anthropology roundup: “Oldest Known Homo Sapiens Fossils Found…

At the site of an old Moroccan mine, paleoanthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin points to one of the oldest Homo sapiens skulls yet found. Philipp Gunz/MPI EVA Leipzig

The oldest bones yet of our species have been found, surprisingly, in an old Moroccan mine. At about 300,000 years old, the new collection of early Homo sapiens bones pushes back the first solid evidence of our species’ presence in Africa by 100,000 years.

Although researchers don’t agree on when humans first gained control over the use of fire, they do not dispute the fact that fire played an important role in shaping what it means to be human. Shaw Nielsen/SAPIENS

On the Importance of Collaboration (and Remuneration!) in Ethnographic Photography

“Photography was a license to go wherever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do,” [Diane] Arbus wrote. The camera is a kind of passport that annihilates moral boundaries and social inhibitions, freeing the photographer from any responsibility toward the people photographed. The whole point of photographing people is that you are not intervening in their lives, only visiting them. The photographer is supertourist, an extension of the anthropologist, visiting natives and bringing back news of their exotic doings and strange gear. The photographer is always trying to colonize new experiences or find new ways to look at familiar subjects—to fight against boredom” (Sontag 1977, 33).

The oldest known fossils of homo sapiens have been found in Morocco. The bones date back to ~300,000 years ago, more than 100,000 years earlier than previous fossils found

Bonnie Clark, associate professor of anthropology, took a new approach to her “Artifacts, Texts and Meanings” class this spring thanks to the availability of 3D printers at the Innovation Floor, housed in the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer.
Slow Anthropology in the Age of Trump
I cannot provide a fast and facile answer to this profound question, but can sugges that a more anthropological approach to the world of social life and politics is one way of reclaiming our humanity. I’ve been doing anthropology for many decades

TAL + SM: Anthropology and Science Journalism, A New Genre?

This Anthro Life – Savage Minds Crossover Series, part 3
by Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins

This Anthro Life has teamed up with Savage Minds to bring you a special 5-part podcast and blog crossover series. While thinking together as two anthropological productions that exist for multiple kinds of audiences and publics, we became inspired to have a series of conversations about why anthropology matters today. We’re sitting down with some of the folks behind Savage Minds, SAPIENS, the American Anthropological Association and the Society for American Archaeology to bring you conversations on anthropological thinking and its relevance through an innovative blend of audio and text.

Do you have stories to tell? SAPIENS is searching for new, talented writers from all fields of anthropology to share their experiences and insights with our worldwide readership. National Park Service/Flickr
“Imagine a future anthropologist with access to trillions of photos of people — taken over centuries and across the world — and equipped with effective tools for analyzing these photos to derive insights,” the team wrote. “What kinds of new questions

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge

An army of monkey warriors helps construct a bridge from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka, as depicted in the Ramayana. Dinodia Photos/Alamy Stock Photo
For Ben Finney, an anthropologist at the University of Hawaii, it was sweet vindication. In an effort to prove that the settlement of Polynesia came about through deliberate exploration, rather than aimless drifting — the so-called accidental

When the Internet goes dark on 12 July, so should anthropology

I’ve written on this blog before about the Trump Administration’s recent changes to net neutrality rules. These rules will let your Internet Service Provider — your cable or mobile phone company — pick and chose what parts of the Internet you can view and how quickly video and webpages will load. As part of the campaign to stop these new rules, a massive coalition of non-profits, companies, and activist groups are planning a day of action to black out the net called ‘Battle for the Net’. Anthropology blogs and websites everywhere need to show solidarity and join this day of action.

How and Why Hazing Evolved

Sailors aboard the USS Lexington celebrate crossing the equator with an elaborate hazing ritual on April 5, 1944. Participants include Her Highness Amphitrite (seated left), King Neptune (seated right, with trident), and a Royal Baby, all characters who “preside” over the initiation. J.R. Eyerman/Life/Getty Images

This article was originally published at Aeon and has been republished under Creative Commons.

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