Wikipedia editing (and gender bias)

It has been far too long since I last wrote a post. My intentions are to primarily use this blog for science communication, but somehow this work often gets shunted to the back of the pile. So, I will try to share more often, even if posts are brief. I read sometime ago about theContinue reading “Wikipedia editing (and gender bias)”

Documentary: The Real Neanderthal

I’m really excited that I was asked to be a part of this CBC documentary, as part of The Nature of Things series. It comes out (in Canada…) this Friday. While I haven’t seen it in its entirety yet, there’s a nice clip here of Harry Hughes throwing a replica of Schöningen Spear II. YouContinue reading “Documentary: The Real Neanderthal”

Did prehistoric women hunt? New research suggests so

For a long time, it was assumed that hunting in prehistoric societies was primarily carried out by men. Now a new study adds to a body of evidence challenging this idea. The research reports the discovery of a female body, buried alongside hunting tools, in the Americas some 9,000 years ago. The woman, discovered inContinue reading “Did prehistoric women hunt? New research suggests so”

Two Sticks: What a new find from Schöningen tells us about Pleistocene hominins

Yesterday the discovery of a second short wooden stick from the site of Schöningen 13 II-4 (Germany) was published in Nature: Ecology and Evolution. Schöningen 13 II-4 dates to around 300,000 years ago and is best known for its collection of complete and nearly complete wooden spears and the remains of a large quantity ofContinue reading “Two Sticks: What a new find from Schöningen tells us about Pleistocene hominins”

American Museum of Natural History: my child’s perspective

Today I am sharing a co-authored post. My eight year old daughter and I review our recent visit to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. We’ve visited museums together in many countries, and she usually enjoys them. She had a very negative reaction to the AMNH, and although I was surprised,Continue reading “American Museum of Natural History: my child’s perspective”