HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH (HUMEVO@GWUVM)
An Electronic Publication of the International Institute
for Human Evolutionary Research
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Vol. 3, No. 3 November 24, 1993
Editor: Noel T. Boaz (BOAZ@GWUVM)
American Association of Physical Anthropologists & Council
of Human Biology. March 30-April 2, 1994. Denver Weston
Hotel, Denver, Colorado. Contact: MLITTLE@BINGVMB.
Paleoanthropology Society. April 19-20, 1994 Anaheim,
California. Abstract deadline December 1, 1993. Contact
Anthropology Symposium in Cuba - Fourth Symposium in honor
of Luis Montane, at the 95th anniversary of the founding
of the University of Havana Department of Anthropology.
For all subdisciplines of anthropology. Curtis Wienker
(CWIENKER@CFRVM.CFR.USF.EDU ) will supply copies of the
first announcement and will assist in communications with
Undergraduate anthropology student VERY interested in
taking part in a summer paleoanthropology field school in
Africa, especially one working in Miocene deposits. For
opportunities other than Koobi Fora school, please contact
Gabriele Lubach (LUBACH@PRIMATE.WISC.EDU).
Scholar interested in tracing the historical reception of
Darwinism in Islamic circles during the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries. Literature on the topic is difficult
to find! Please contact Ahmed Bouzid
Phil Kaaret (KAARET@CARMEN.PHYS.COLUMBIA.EDU) would like
to know if there are any (machine readable) data sets that
could be used to study the evolution of morphological
complexity. Examples might be neural or vascular
patterns. He is interested in investigating quantitative
measures on a number of different data sets.
** Sale on Radiocarbon Dates ! **
Alan Hogg (AHOGG@WAIKATO.AC.NZ), Director of the
Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory at the University of Waikato
in Hamilton, New Zealand, announces that until June 1,
1994 there is an offer for one free date for every five
submitted samples. The lab is now one of only three
worldwide operating Quantulus liquid scintillation
spectrometers. The lab offers effective pre-treatment of
samples, express service, and low to high precision dates.
Just to prove that paleoanthropology is not the only
controversy-prone discipline among those that study human
evolution, Jon Marks (JMARKS@YALEVM) has recently re-
focused attention on his contentions regarding the
molecular evidence for the ape-human evolutionary
split(s). His argument is with molecular evolutionists
Sibley and Ahlquist (J. Mol. Evol. 30:202-236, 1990) who,
Marks suggests, undertook "fundamentally illegitimate"
data transformations of DNA hybridization results to
arrive at their conclusion that the gorilla clade was
distinct from a shared human-chimpanzee clade. Marks
believes that the data still are insufficient to tease
apart the gorilla-chimp-human trichotomy (see Am. J. Phys.
Anthrop. 85:207-219, 1991, and Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev.
2:883-889, 1992). Readers who want to follow the most
recent chapter in this interchange should refer to
American Scientist during September-October, starting with
a book review on scientific fraud by Marks. The following
issue published six letters to the editor critical of
Marks' position and a response from Marks that he
maintains was "without my approval and against my wishes."
The controversy continues.
Summer School in Anthropological Reconstruction -
Laboratory of Anthropological Reconstruction of the
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy
of Sciences, Moscow. June 15-30, 1994. Lectures and
practical seminars in human evolution with emphasis on
issues of facial reconstruction. Application deadline
March 20, 1994. For further information and application
forms contact: M. Butovskaya or E. Veselovskaya,
RECON@IEA.MSK.SU or FAX 7-095-938-0600.
Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama.
Collections Manager in Human Osteology. B.A. required,
M.A. preferred. Inventorying and computer cataloguing of
large human osteological collection. Application deadline
January 1, 1994. For further information contact: Curator
of Archaeological Collections, AMNH, Box 870340,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
The Mona Monkey Project, Grand Etang National Park,
Grenada, eastern Caribbean, seeks a field assistant.
Available immediately and lasting until August, 1994.
B.A. or B.S. required. No salary but room, board, and
plenty of exercise provided. Contact: Mary Glenn,
Foundation for Field Research, P.O. Box 771, St. George's,
Grenada, West Indies.
Electronic pre-prints of papers of human evolutionary
interest are available for downloading by Anonymous FTP
(File Transfer Protocol):
* "Characteristics of Dissociable Human Learning Systems"
by D.R. Shanks and M.F. St. John, from PRINCETON.EDU. To
comment for publication in Behavioral and Brain Sciences,
contact Steven Harnad (HARNAD@CLARITY.PRINCETON.EDU)
* "Genetic Evidence for a Pleistocene Population
Explosion" by Alan R. Rogers, pub/explosion.ps from
UTAH.EDU. Comments to ROGERS@ANTHRO.UTAH.EDU.
Two Electronic Discussion Groups of Interest to Human
* HBES-L@ARIZVM1 (Internet ARIZVM1.CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU) -
Human Behavior and Evolution Society's Electronic
Discussion List, unmoderated discussion on ethology,
sociobiology, and evolution of behavior. Contact Gene
* SCI.ANTHRO.PALEO "Evolution of Man and the Other
Primates"- Voting is now open for a proposed new
unmoderated newsgroup for primatology, paleoanthropology,
origins of human language and cognition, morphology,
biological and genetic variation, and sociobiology. To
vote, send a one-line message "I vote on
sci.anthropology.paleo" to USENET-VOTES@MATHCS.EMORY.EDU.
Contact: Danny Yee (DANNY@ORTHANC.CS.SU.OZ.AU).
**Editor's Note: E-Mail addresses of HUMEVO subscribers
will be added to the E-Mail Directory in the Fall issue of
PAN (Physical Anthropology News) unless I receive
instructions that you do not wish to be included. And
apologies for this lengthy issue of HUMEVO. There is just
a lot going on. General length limit is two pages and we
will endeavor to keep to this in the future. -- Noel Boaz