If you want to use ethnographic studies of today’s people to say anything about prehistoric people, you need to understand that any living group may be like ancient people in some ways, and very different from ancient people in other ways.Lumping across the entire category of “hunter-gatherers” doesn’t work if some of those living hunter-gatherers have economies, subsistence patterns, and social organization that is unlike anything that archaeology tells us about prehistoric groups.Could this little fairy lantern have been the last of its kind?
Future biological museums will mostly be data repositories.I vividly remember the late Irven De Vore coming into my office at Harvard University.“I just got off the phone with Senator William Fulbright calling from Washington,” Devore said.MICRO, a nonprofit founded in 2016 by computational ecologist Amanda Schochet and media producer Charles Philipp, works with designers, artists and scientists to pack knowledge into cabinets of curiosity about the size of a vending machine. One way of looking at this value is to watch people who newly describe species based upon specimens from collections taken long in the past.MICRO increases exposure to science learning by partnering with venues such as the Brooklyn Public Library, Ronald Mc Donald House and Rockefeller Center to install these tiny museums. I’m going to start planning a tiny cabinet that might work in public outreach for human origins. Today’s broader knowledge of biological diversity has created opportunities for scientists to recognize and describe specimens that don’t fit within recognized species.
“He asked me ‘Professor De Vore, if Konrad Lorenz is right, how are we ever to negotiate a nuclear arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union?