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******************************************************* 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) ******************************************************** BULLETIN BOARD 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 JYELLEN@NSF.GOV. 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 Cuban colleagues. COOPERATION COLUMN 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 (BOUZID@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU). 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. RESEARCH ** 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. EDUCATION 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. POSITIONS AVAILABLE 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. E-MAIL OPORTUNITIES 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 Evolution: * 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 Mesher (GMESHER@CCIT.ARIZONA). * 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 (BOAZ@GWUVM.GWU.EDU).


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