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Monday, April 25, 2005

John Hawks Paleoanthropology Site

The best site I have found so far dealing with paleoanthropology and evolution on a fairly technical/academic level is by John Hawks, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has a knack for writing clearly and cogently about complex, even esoteric, subjects. I was particularly impressed recently by his discussion of the concept, allostasis [achieving stability through change], and its applicability to human evolution. He suggests in this regard that the supposedly egalitarian hunter/gatherer societies of the late Pleistocene were actually far more socially dynamic and stressful than is usually assumed.

Read it here.


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