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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. 2, No. 4 May 31, 1992 Editor: Dr. Noel T. Boaz (BOAZ@GWUVM) ************************************************************ NEWSLETTER Update on HUMEVO As of this edition HUMEVO has 125 subscribers in 23 countries. Countries represented are Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hongkong, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Russia, Yugoslavia, and South Africa. This represents a 28% increase in subscriber numbers, and a 35% increase in international representation, since March 19, 1992. BULLETIN BOARD ***Human Behavior & Evolution Society*** 4th Annual Meeting, July 23-26, 1992, Albuquerque, New Mexico Plenary session speakers include David Ligon, James Boone, Napoleon Chagnon, Mark Flinn, Kristen Hawkes, Robin Baker, Eckard Voland, and W.D. Hamilton. Local hosts are Nancy Thornhill (THORNHILL@ZIFRG2.UNI-BIELEFELD.DE) and Randy Thornhill (RTHORN@UNMVM.BITNET) - from Margo Wilson (DALY@MCMASTER.CA) COOPERATION COLUMN "Does anyone know who is in charge of the fossils at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem? Joe Zias is currently with the Israel Antiquities Authority. Is he still associated with the Rockefeller? Does anyone know his postal or e-mail address?" JAUSTIN@NETCON.SMC.EDU Abubakr Esshack (ENF2045@SAKAAU03) of King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia writes that he is interested in general overviews of evolutionary theory and perspectives on evolution ranging from the origins of life to human origins. He would appreciate references to papers and volumes that might be helpful. He adds, "I think it is also useful for all to take an overview of the entire span of the evolution process from the beginning to human evolution with emphasis on the missing links to direct research in the field." RESEARCH Anthropological Morphometric Data Bank At present there is no digital source of anthropologically significant distance and coordinate measures of extant and extinct human and non-human primates. Such a database is increasingly in demand for morphometric and visualization studies. While the value of linear measurements and angles has not been called into question, the use of three-dimensional data-capture techniques such as hand digitization, Computed Tomography (CT), laser-scanning, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), optical tomography, and holography has increased remarkably in the bioanthropological, systematics, and functional morphological research communities. While researchers have now gathered a significant amount of data on fossil specimens, modern osteological and cadaver specimens, and living subjects, access to these expensive data collection devices has remained limited. It is proposed that a data bank be established by researchers who would like to make their data available to other researchers free of charge and free of use restraints. The data bank will be accessible to universities via Internet. Data will be available for downloading without charge by standard UNIX FTP [File Transfer Protocol]. PC and MAC Bulletin Boards, and magnetic or optical media are also data transfer options. To put the database on-line on Internet a fileserver/electronic discussion group will be established for technical support, assistance, and to add new data. Currently existing discussion groups such as MORPHOMET-L-L and NUCMED-L have already discussed the wide need for the availability of such databases so that new methods can be tested on "standard data". The proposed data bank will be maintained at the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research, George Washington University (GWU), with technical assistance available via Internet, telephone, fax, and mail. An additional Internet-accessible data storage site is proposed for the American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology. Other storage sites can be developed. This proposal represents a continuation of efforts begun in 1991 for a CT scanning network by Frans Zonneveld, Fred Spoor, and David Dean, and a holographic specimen storage and retrieval system under development by Ken Haines and Noel Boaz. Individuals with interest, suggestions, or data to share are invited to join the data bank by communicating to HUMEVO@GWUVM or directly to David Dean (dean@karron.med.nyu.edu) or Noel Boaz (BOAZ@GWUVM). EDUCATION The first annual Bioanthropology "State-of-the-Science" Summer Institute will be held June 7-12, 1993 at the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research outside Washington, D.C. Topics covered in seminars and workshops will include Growth and Development, Statistical Applications, Paleoanthropology, Innovative Instructional Techniques, Skeletal Biology, New Morphological Imaging Techniques, Biomedical Anthropology, Molecular Anthropology, Primate Socio-Ecology, and Population Studies. Cost will be $325 per participant and will cover accommodations, breakfast and lunches, registration fee, instructional materials, and recreation. Cost per person is $325. Registration is limited to 100 participants. For further details contact KELS0_J@CUBLDR or BOAZ@GWUVM.


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