June 27, 2015

This week at Forbes: Peruvian teratoma and review of PBS' First Peoples

Dialing things back to work on an article and book.  So just two posts this week at Forbes:

  • "Evil Twin" Ovarian Tumor Found in Skeleton from 16th Century Peru.  I saw a newish article from Haagen Klaus on leukemia from the site he works at in Peru and told him I wanted to cover it.  But he suggested that I cover his 2013 article on ovarian teratoma.  I've actually wanted to cover a teratoma (tumor with teeth, bone, hair, etc.) case since I started blogging at Forbes, so I jumped at the chance.  I hadn't realized how rare it is to find teratomas in the archaeological record.  The "evil twin" moniker is pure click-bait; seems to have worked, though.
  • Review: "First Peoples" Series Chronicles Origins and Spread of Modern Humans.  PBS created a new five-part documentary series on the origins of anatomically modern humans.  This is, as far as I know, new in the human origins documentary game.  The most recent series before this is the PBS NOVA Becoming Human, and only one episode is dedicated to AMH.  Plus, that was from 2011, and the sheer amount of new information we have from genetics in the past four years is staggering.  So it's an interesting series, but it's not perfect.  My review of the entire series (which will continue to air on July 1 and July 8) is at the link.
Let's see, next week... potentially posts on cannibalism, structural violence, and/or scurvy.  It depends on which images I get access to and how much time I have to write.


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