Everyone’s heard of Harrison Ford’s hero film character, Indiana Jones. Jones is the history expert, defeater of bad guys, and romancer of women. And, while I, like many others, love watching Indiana Jones vanquish evil and save the day, he really, really is a terrible anthropologist.
The air is hot and dry, the ground dusty. All around young graduate students are cautiously sweeping the dirt away in hopes of finding hominin fossil fragments and quenching their thirst for fame and knowledge. They are paleoanthropologists. Individuals who strive to better understand and catalog human ancestry.