WEB LOG: Bones, Genes, And Brains

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Science  17 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5767, pp. 1529
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5767.1529a

A study suggesting that social stress leaves “molecular scars” on the brain and research exposing cultural diversity in gorillas are just two of the subjects that have snared the interest of anthropologist John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His wide-ranging blog excavates novel ideas and noteworthy discoveries in evolution, genetics, and human paleontology. Hawks promises to deliver three to five essays per week. Gems he's come across include a recent New York Times piece about the Soviet Union's unsuccessful efforts in the 1920s to prove our simian ancestry by crossbreeding chimps with humans. Readers intrigued by the tiny Flores hominid uncovered in Indonesia 2 years ago will find a section devoted to the controversial remains.


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