Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Hobbit discovery: 700,000-year-old find could shed new light on evolution

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The simplest explanation is that the "hobbits" are Australopithecines.  The material evidence is consistent with this and inconsistent with both Homo habilis and Homo erectus.  The view that they were later species that "shrunk" is not the simplest theory, and the proposition that smaller primate brains would be more adaptive than larger brains is exceedingly unlikely and needs plausible supporting argument.  There are many examples of other primates (orang utans, gibbons, japanese macaques) migrating enormous distances from their place of speciation.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Giant prehistoric bears evolved to fill scavenger gap

Blogger Comments:

Note that this reporting misconstrues evolution in terms of purpose instead of cause and result.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Human sacrifice may have helped build and sustain social class systems

Blogger Comment:

In terms of Joseph Campbell's four functions of mythology, this is the sociological function: justifying and maintaining the social order.  The other functions are the pedagogical, cosmological and mystical.