Around the Web, your weekly tour through anthropology blogs, human culture in the news, and ocassionally links to weird stuff my Facebook friends post on their profiles.
New paleolithic evidence also the oldest
- A recent article in the journal Nature makes the case for stone tool use at 3.39 mya, contemporary with Australopithecus Afarensis and the oldest date yet affixed to this technological breakthrough. John Hawks has praise for the discovery
- Anthropology.net cries foul, err… crocodile, I mean.
Human evolution datebase
- Also at John Hawks, an extensive bibliography of human evolution. There’s a nice introduction here and you can search the real deal here. Caveats abound as their are 11,000 entires and likely some mistakes and omissions. But the whole thing has been accomplished through volunteer labor and is a work in progress. Does anyone know of anything comparable for other subdisciplines of anthropology?
New primate species
- As if it wasn’t enough to discover a new mammal, we have now, in the Columbian Amazon, a new monkey. Wow! Meet the Caqueta titi monkey, that’s Callicebus caquetensis if you speak Latin.
Globalized mass media and popular culture
- A compelling video game review of the new SEGA title, Yakuza 3, reviewed by actual Yakuza. Apparently some of the older men found it hard to grip the controller without a pinky finger.
- Moderately successful comedian Ricky Gervais is taking The Office franchise to China. Kerim, are you going to be able to see this from Taiwan and report back to us?
- Biometric vending machines? Yes. Not sure if we’re taking another step towards SkyNet with this one.
- Anthropology grad student and earthquake survivor Laura Wagner reports from the tarp cities of Port-au-Prince and hits the beach with her friends. “I am told that the American reading public has ‘Haiti fatigue,’ that they don’t want to read stories about the disaster and its aftermath anymore. Part of me wants to retort, ‘You know who else has Haiti fatigue? Haiti.'”
- The medical need in Haiti is still so great. Some new flip-flops can help.
Food and culture, in Flushing, Queens
- Now a commercial hub for a growing East Asian community, Flushing, Queens, is home to many Asian grocery stores. But non-Asian residents are angry that their supplies of Boar’s Head and bagels are drying up. “They were asking for a deli; we actually don’t have much experience with delis,” said Mr. Chen.
In vitro fertilization, in India
- The Washington Post reports on the number of Indian women over age 50 seeking out in vitro fertilization. Despite a national population of 1.2 billion and growing, some older women still desire to give birth after a lifetime of being infertile or to have a son after conceiving only daughters.
Standing in line, in India
- This report on queuing as a cultural practice captures what is best about the anthropology of everyday life. When you think about how much time is spent in lines, what temporal percentage that might be in our lives, it is apparent just how much discipline and repetition, not to mention ideology, is devoted to this most mundane task.
Revolutionary politics and art
- Boingboing ran links to some absolutely amazing contemproary Oaxacan street art. I only wish they had communicated more contextual information about where this graffiti is as the power of the art stems not only from its imagery but from significance of its location as well.
Around the Web gets meta: Yes folks, it was just a matter of time before Savage Minds’ own weekly round up of web links started including other blog’s weekly round ups of web links. It’s like Cliff Notes for Reader’s Digest!
- Anthropologyworks: August 2, August 9
- Anthropology in Practice: August 6, August 13
- Neuroanthropology, August 11
- A Very Remote Period Indeed, August 11
- The Prancing Papio, Four Stone Hearth #98
Pre-Timewaster: In this very blog I linked to the good, giving, and game sex advice columnist, Dan Savage, who was gushing (tee-hee) over the new book, Sex at Dawn, about how primate evolution continues to play a profound role in contemporary human sexuality. Now another enthusiastic review of the same book has turned up again in an unusual place, Gizmodo.
Timewaster: Hat tip to Teaching Anthropology for turning up this gem.
Seen something around the web that you’d like to share with the Savage Minds community? Oh yes you have! Email me at mdthomps AT odu.edu.