April282014
anthrocentric:

Durham academic finds 3,00-year-old skeleton with clogged arteries

Furred arteries have been affecting human health for at least 3,000 years, new research by a North East academic has found. Ancient African skeletons have been discovered with atherosclerosis, a thickening of the artery wall due to fatty build-up and a major factor in cardiovascular disease - the leading cause of death today.
Doctors blame our modern lifestyle with smoking, obesity and hypertension commonly the cause. But the condition was also prevalent 3,000 years ago among the simple farming communities who worked the land by the Nile in what is now Sudan.
Last month Michaela Binder, a Durham University PhD bioarchaeologist, revealed evidence of metastatic cancer in a skeleton in the area dating back to 1200 BC. Now she has reported three male and two female skeletons buried in the same group at Amara West, 466 miles (750km) north of Khartoum, that show evidence of furred arteries.
Among the bones preserved in the sands, she found tiny calcified plaques which would once have lined the arteries, constricting blood flow and possibly causing stroke or thrombosis.
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anthrocentric:

Durham academic finds 3,00-year-old skeleton with clogged arteries

Furred arteries have been affecting human health for at least 3,000 years, new research by a North East academic has found. Ancient African skeletons have been discovered with atherosclerosis, a thickening of the artery wall due to fatty build-up and a major factor in cardiovascular disease - the leading cause of death today.

Doctors blame our modern lifestyle with smoking, obesity and hypertension commonly the cause. But the condition was also prevalent 3,000 years ago among the simple farming communities who worked the land by the Nile in what is now Sudan.

Last month Michaela Binder, a Durham University PhD bioarchaeologist, revealed evidence of metastatic cancer in a skeleton in the area dating back to 1200 BC. Now she has reported three male and two female skeletons buried in the same group at Amara West, 466 miles (750km) north of Khartoum, that show evidence of furred arteries.

Among the bones preserved in the sands, she found tiny calcified plaques which would once have lined the arteries, constricting blood flow and possibly causing stroke or thrombosis.

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(via zomganthro)

2PM
selchieproductions:

[image description: Paul Raffaele said a Suruwaha girl refused to shake his hand because she wanted to kill him. In fact, he was wearing so much sun cream the Suruwaha thought he had a skin disease.]
© Survival International
Australia’s Channel 7 network has been found guilty by the press regulator of serious violations of the broadcasting code, after screening a report so extreme it was branded ‘Freakshow TV’ by Survival International.
The report labelled Brazil’s Suruwaha tribe as child murderers; ‘Stone Age’ relics; and ‘one of the worst human rights violators in the world’.
Survival complained to Australia’s regulator ACMA after Channel 7 refused Survival’s request to issue a correction to its report, broadcast on its Sunday Night programme.
In a landmark judgment, ACMA has now ruled that the Channel was guilty of breaking its racism clause – ‘provoking intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group’ – believed to be the first time it has found a broadcaster guilty of this serious offence under the 2010 TV Code. It has also ruled that the Channel was guilty of broadcasting inaccurate material.
Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘This was one of the worst reports about contemporary tribal people we’d ever seen. The Indians were made out to be cruel and inhuman monsters, in the spirit of 19th century colonialist scorn for ‘primitive savages’.
‘What makes it even worse is that the Suruwaha have been under attack by fundamentalist missionaries for years, who are waging a campaign slandering them as child-murderers. The missionaries are behind a draft law to allow them to remove Indian children from their communities, something with horrifying echoes of the Stolen Generations scandal.
‘The Channel 7 crew told the Suruwaha they wanted to allow them to put their side of the story – but actually produced one of the most grotesquely distorted pictures of a tribal people we can remember. The programme even openly fundraised for the missionaries on its website. We hope this ruling will mean we’re less likely to see such dangerous rubbish on TV in the future.’
Channel 7 is seeking a judicial review of the ruling in Australia’s Federal Court.
Note to Editors:
Survival has written a set of ethical guidelines to help filmmakers work responsibly with tribal peoples. It is also using its Stamp it Out campaign to challenge racist depictions, however unwitting, in the media.
Previously, Survival has highlighted how British TV company Cicada Films was accused of irresponsibly endangering the lives of Peruvian Indians by allegedly provoking a flu epidemic amongst them; and how a TV series about an Amazonian tribe was labelled ‘staged, false, fabricated and distorted’ by experts.
Download a Survival briefing sheet on the proposed ‘Muwaji’s law’, the result of a campaign in Brazil by the fundamentalist missionary organization JOCUM (pdf, 70 KB). JOCUM are the Brazilian branch of the US organization Youth with a Mission.
Download a briefing sheet on what experts and Indians say about JOCUM’s infanticide allegations (pdf, 49 KB).
Download statements from Suruwaha Indians about the Channel 7 report (pdf, 33 KB).

selchieproductions:

[image description: Paul Raffaele said a Suruwaha girl refused to shake his hand because she wanted to kill him. In fact, he was wearing so much sun cream the Suruwaha thought he had a skin disease.]

© Survival International

Australia’s Channel 7 network has been found guilty by the press regulator of serious violations of the broadcasting code, after screening a report so extreme it was branded ‘Freakshow TV’ by Survival International.

The report labelled Brazil’s Suruwaha tribe as child murderers; ‘Stone Age’ relics; and ‘one of the worst human rights violators in the world’.

Survival complained to Australia’s regulator ACMA after Channel 7 refused Survival’s request to issue a correction to its report, broadcast on its Sunday Night programme.

In a landmark judgment, ACMA has now ruled that the Channel was guilty of breaking its racism clause – ‘provoking intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group’ – believed to be the first time it has found a broadcaster guilty of this serious offence under the 2010 TV Code. It has also ruled that the Channel was guilty of broadcasting inaccurate material.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘This was one of the worst reports about contemporary tribal people we’d ever seen. The Indians were made out to be cruel and inhuman monsters, in the spirit of 19th century colonialist scorn for ‘primitive savages’.

‘What makes it even worse is that the Suruwaha have been under attack by fundamentalist missionaries for years, who are waging a campaign slandering them as child-murderers. The missionaries are behind a draft law to allow them to remove Indian children from their communities, something with horrifying echoes of the Stolen Generations scandal.

‘The Channel 7 crew told the Suruwaha they wanted to allow them to put their side of the story – but actually produced one of the most grotesquely distorted pictures of a tribal people we can remember. The programme even openly fundraised for the missionaries on its website. We hope this ruling will mean we’re less likely to see such dangerous rubbish on TV in the future.’

Channel 7 is seeking a judicial review of the ruling in Australia’s Federal Court.

Note to Editors:

  • Survival has written a set of ethical guidelines to help filmmakers work responsibly with tribal peoples. It is also using its Stamp it Out campaign to challenge racist depictions, however unwitting, in the media.

(via thothofnorth)

April252014
diewhitegirls:

THIS IS MY FAVORITE PICTURE EVER


more like osteologist afterlife am I right or am I right

diewhitegirls:

THIS IS MY FAVORITE PICTURE EVER

more like osteologist afterlife am I right or am I right

(Source: backpacksandbros, via rurouniidoru)

8AM
April242014

chrisjerichosponytail:

So I was watching a show online when a trailer for this movie popped up. 

This makes me so angry I want to cry. I have never been more disgusted with Hollywood in my entire life. It’s fucking 2014 and we’re still doing this shit. 

….wow

April232014
theolduvaigorge:

Interactive-ish Map of Human Evolution

"Some 6 million years ago we split from a common ancestor with chimps. Fossils found at the key sites shown on the map below reveal that hominins then diversified into many species and spread far from their ancestral home in Africa. Click on each site to learn more about what we’ve found there. Read more: ’Denisovans: The lost humans who shared our world’” 

***It’s not comprehensive but it could definitely be the start of something useful.
(Source: New Scientist via @BoasNetwork on Twitter)

Titled “How the upright ape conquered the world.”
…really though?

theolduvaigorge:

Interactive-ish Map of Human Evolution

"Some 6 million years ago we split from a common ancestor with chimps. Fossils found at the key sites shown on the map below reveal that hominins then diversified into many species and spread far from their ancestral home in Africa. Click on each site to learn more about what we’ve found there. 

Read more: ’Denisovans: The lost humans who shared our world’” 

***It’s not comprehensive but it could definitely be the start of something useful.

(Source: New Scientist via @BoasNetwork on Twitter)

Titled “How the upright ape conquered the world.”

…really though?

(via alphacaeli)

April222014

thejunglenook:

wyeasttokaala:

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

^ That is a ridiculous oversimplification. 

(Copy and pasted from my post here)

Alpha does not always mean aggressive. 

By killing / removing the current alphas does not mean that alpha males cease to exist. This troop of baboons still had alpha males after the TB induced cull.

The term “alpha” simply means a high ranking individual (or individuals) in a social group. They have priority access to resources, like mates, nesting spots, and food. 


What actually happened here was that the alphas who achieved their rank through aggression had access to the tainted meat and were therefore killed. So the males with perhaps more aggressive / agnostic personalities and behavioral patterns were unable to pass those genes onto the next generation. The remaining males - potentially previously low ranking due to lack of these aggressive behaviors - who did not have access to the tainted meat were the only ones left for breeding. 

Perhaps these remaining males (and subsequent generations) did not compete for rank (re. resources) in an overtly aggressive manner. But perhaps certain ones were more adept at grooming, or creating coalitions and reciprocal relationships? Perhaps instead of breeding access being determined by males fighting for female access, it became more of a “popularity contest” where other affiliative behaviors were selected for. This would perpetuate a very peaceful atmosphere among the social group.

I can guarantee that there are still males in the group that get priority access to food, mates, and other resources. These are the alphas. 
You don’t NEED to be a jerk to be an alpha, that just happens to be pop-media’s favourite (narrow minded) view.

Just some comments from your friendly neighborhood Ethologist.


I think the earlier comment was meant to by flippant for the purpose of being amusing, but yes.

7PM

notgreenpaint:

shslequius:

driftingfocus:

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work.  He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.

DUDE HIS BOOKS ARE GREAT GO READ “A PRIMATE’S MEMOIR”

One caveat: This study is limited because it was a post-hoc (after the fact) study. This is the sort of hypothesis you can’t really test empirically because it’s obviously immoral to kill your alpha males. But it’s nonetheless compelling, and I really like Sapolsky’s book The Trouble With Testosterone. He’s as an engaging a writer as his beard is bushy. :) (I hear from his colleague, a professor of mine, that it’s even bushier now.)

Lol… I remember “Stress: Portrait of a Killer.” They went with the most dramatic possible title, didn’t they?

Sapolsky’s work is really interesting.

(via gran-tourismo-stardust)

April142014

cosmogyros:

monetizeyourcat:

boysinbarrettes:

monetizeyourcat:

Just found out there are two Bones in my shin, and two shins on my body. That’s four Bones. Fuck this shit

dude thats not even the worst of it. go look up what your ribs are made of

OK, i will, but I’m warning you if it’s bones I’m gonna be so pissed off

i really hope you’re not scared of skeletons

The first time I took a human osteology class, I couldn’t fall asleep because I was so freaked out by the fact that there is a SKULL inside my FACE

April112014
thegreenwolf:

sciencejokes:

tornadoesandscientists:

drkrislynn:

humanisticscience:

thejunglenook:

scienceisbeauty:

What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean (via io9).

I shouldn’t be laughing this hard.

Yes. This is good.

Omg it’s like my college career staring right at me.

My thesis, ladies and gents.

My research paper will probably encompass all these terms.

Welcome to my previous life in academia.

thegreenwolf:

sciencejokes:

tornadoesandscientists:

drkrislynn:

humanisticscience:

thejunglenook:

scienceisbeauty:

What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean (via io9).

I shouldn’t be laughing this hard.

Yes. This is good.

Omg it’s like my college career staring right at me.

My thesis, ladies and gents.

My research paper will probably encompass all these terms.

Welcome to my previous life in academia.

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