September 30, 2015

This Month at Forbes - Bioarchaeology, forensics, palaeoanthropology, tattoos, and more!

I've been derelict in posting a link round-up of my Forbes stuff here at PbO.  So here is the month of September.

  • September 24 - The hunt for Mona Lisa's bones is a publicity stunt, not science.  *le sigh* I've written here at PbO about Mona Lisa's bones every.single.year and it's gotten tiresome.  This post hasn't gotten very many hits, but it's gotten some quality engagement from people who also agree that this is more show than science.

Coming up in October... Bones is back tomorrow, and I'll actually be covering it at Forbes (but will put links here too). I'm a little nervous to bring the reviews there, and you'll see a bit of a format change, but some of the snark will stay.

Not sure how much else I'll be able to do, since I have a lot of research and writing projects coming up.  Then again, I say that every month...


Mermaids and Sailors said...

I stop short of saying "buried" in this article because I'm not convinced the evidence adds up to purposeful and/or ritual burial. Disposal, almost certainly yes.

Thank you for that. I personally hate to hear of a "burial" when the body has not been put into the ground and covered over. I am sure that it's just viewed as semantics...

My question (without seeing actual photos of the placement of the bones) is how are we sure they were placed there. That they didn't just fall from another location above or weren't deposited in a hole (like cenotes) or weren't dragged into the den of some larger animal? I'm sure all of this has been covered but not in anything I've seen so far. It's all been "new human ancestors who buried their dead" or somesuch. Maybe I should search a little more academically but paleoanthro isn't my area and I hate to see any science misrepresented in general news.

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