Humans are Friends Not Food: Diving with Great Whites

You know those occasions where you and your friends are all drinking and having a good time? Where, at some point in the evening, someone suggests something that at the moment is an excellent idea but in hindsight probably not the best? Well, fast forward to exactly that. A week later and now I’m on a boat about to jump in shark-infested waters.  

Who’s That Hominin? The mystery of Homo naledi

Almost everyone has been the “new kid” at some point in their life. And, we can probably all agree that whether it was in a new school, neighborhood, on a sports team, etc., being the new kid meant everyone was interested in you. But, why are we so interesting as the new kid? As someone who is unknown to a group, the new kid enkindles curiosity, which encourages others to better understand them so they can be comfortably classified into a form of the taxonomic system. Likewise, every few years a new hominin fossil typically emerges, and the rush to classify this “new kid” begins among paleoanthropologists. Recently, the discovery of Homo naledi (H. naledi) has led researchers to attempt to classify and place it within the context of our lineage.

These feet are made for walking: Who was Orrorin tugenensis? 

Todays the day you clean out your closet! As you dive in, ready to both mentally and physically declutter your life, you stop. “Do I really have that many shoes?!”. Yes, yes, you do. You have shoes for work, working out, summer, winter and many more. But why? Why are shoes so important? Our earliest ancestors never wore them, and they did just fine. Shoes protect our feet, sure, but just as importantly they are like many other stylized items we place on our bodies to symbolize and define who we are as individuals. And, our society has predetermined specific characteristics to identify the types of styles we see today. If I wear running shoes, I could be seen as active and sporty, while wearing leather loafers might make me seem serious and studious, etc. But, what about specific characteristics that differentiate us from other organisms? What about traits that define us as innately human?

Departure: Denver, Arrival: Mosselbaai

Everyone has a place they’d love to visit. Whether it’s standing on top of the Eiffel Tower overlooking the City of Love or diving deep into the crystal blue depths of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, we all dream of exotic locations. After spending the last 5 years learning and specializing on the origins of ourContinue reading “Departure: Denver, Arrival: Mosselbaai”