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Purgatorius! World’s earliest primate: http://westerndigs.org/bones-discovered-in-montana-are-of-the-worlds-earliest-primate-study-finds/

Purgatorius-bones-on-fingerSuch tiny bones for such an amazing discovery! 

Our oldest #evolutionary ancestor was no bigger than a shrew and built for climbing through trees.  The bones of this tiny creature were found in Montana at a place called Purgatory Hill, therefore this early primate is named Purgatorius, and dates to 65 million years ago.

Read more at: Purgatorius 2http://westerndigs.org/bones-discovered-in-montana-are-of-the-worlds-earliest-primate-study-finds/

What is “Hispanic?” How is it defined? Ethnic or cultural? http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/04/06/jeb-identified-himself-as-hispanic.html?via=newsletter&source=politics

Jeb BushFrom an anthropological point of view, these kinds of discussions are always interesting.  Here’s the question we ask:  How is “Hispanic” defined?  Is it based upon the number of distinctly Hispanic genes in a person’s genome?  Is it based on culture?  If you were raised in Spain, Mexico, or South America and are fluent in the language are you Hispanic? A significant amount of Texas culture is Hispanic.  That’s just a fact.  Around the year 1836  most Americans and many Mexicans in Texas labeled themselves as Texicans.  So…in today’s world, what is Hispanic?

What do you think?




Ice Age European genomes survived.. http://phys.org/news/2014-11-ancient-dna-earliest-european-genomes.html

ancientDNA  The Pleistocene Ice Age was hard on human beings.  Human DNA changed to adapt to the climate stresses, or it ceased to exist.   This is a great article!

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Could Neandertals hear things we can’t? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150327091845.htm

It’s tempting to think that Neanderthals may have had the ability to hear things modern humans cannot…or vice-versa.  Can we hear things they could not?  Time will tell…  Read  more at:   Neandertal ear boneshttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150327091845.htm

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