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The Bone Readers are a dedicated group of scholars who study the earliest human remains their chemistry and DNA their extinct floral and faunal contemporaries and the geologic layers in which they were found Their research l Generally a good book on paleoanthropology Unusual though Exactly what the title says how the Bone Readers researchers working with hominid skulls are influenced by politics in science Multiregionists vs africanists not only Australian While interesting I would prefer a gentle popularized version of it providing arranged facts and a food for thought striped from professional bickeringExamples names locations publications rivals lines of confrontations Rather self expression of disillusioned specialist addressed to insiders than of interest to general audienceDense a lot of information for such small book they even found place to stuff it by unnecessary details and colorful passages A very odd but correct English even I thought that I saw them all With paragraph and thought breaks where they shouldn't be and rather a sketchy interrupted way to deliver the content Eventually one adapts but it slows reading and comprehension and is it worth the troubles? I'm not that interested in the topic nice to know draws attention to less known information but this is much than I bargained for4 stars on scale from bad to very good 3 on GoodReads scale in general I liked it

Summary ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Claudio Tuniz

Writer have penned a literate authoritative summary of the current uestions and the minefield of academic politics that surround it Ideal for students in human origins or biological anthropology courses and a delightful read Or shorter these isn't much science there mostly politics done by government bureaucrats La ciutat secreta del Toubkal (Gran angular) it Ideal for students ERP Demystified in human origins or biological anthropology courses and a delightful read Or shorter these Somos chicos de menta (Tomo 5) isn't much science there mostly politics done by government bureaucrats

Claudio Tuniz ↠ 7 review

Eads them to theories about modern human origins that continually challenge conventional wisdom and cherished beliefs about Eve Neanderthals hobbits and the Bering Straits among others Two leading Bone Readers and a science It's uite a while since I bought this book so when i eventually got around to reading it I was not sure what it was really about In fact it is largely about the dating and interpretation of old human remains And what I found fascinating was that the results and interpretations take on very powerful political messages There is a strong emphasis on the situation in Australia where some old aboriginal remains were found at The great walls of China I've always wanted to visit the areaespecially when driving along the Hay roaddead flat in all directions and a sign pointing vaguely north to the Great Walls of China I did live in Griffith for a number of years and took the odd trip west to Hay Hell and Booligalbut never uite got to the Walls I digress Some ancient human remains were found here on what used to be a lake foreshore and they have been the source of controversy ever since Local aborigines laid claim to the remains whilst the scientists were intent on dating and later DNA analysing them They appear to be somewhere between 40000 50000 years old and the age and Gracility of the owner raises uestions about migratory pathways and the origins of the aborigines I guess one should also uestion whether the current aboriginal people are the direct descendants of these early inhabitants or were they later arrivalsafter alla lot can happen in 50000 years What the book makes clear is that archeologyanthropology is a bit of a mine field of competing ideas and the various researchers are keen to push their own theories and eually keen to disparage other theories It's also clear that the tools and techniues especially contamination of DNA samples are not as sophisticated or accurate as one might hope forthey have left a lot of room for doubt and competing theories to surviveOne of the big political issues is did the arrival of the aborigines lead to the extermination of megafauna and to changing the landscape though burning I found it fascinating that some interpreters were uite happy to disregard the science and the measurements and give much weight to the oral tradition Though we know from relatively modern history say about the origins of christianity how confusing and contradictory oral traditions can become And even written narratives can be censored as with the selection of a certain canon of books for the new testament Anyway the archeologists tend to play fairly rough and to my mind draw fairly fanciful conclusions based on limited evidence But there does seem to be a good case that the aborigines were probably responsible for wiping out the megafauna and for transforming the landscape through fire stick farming That is not to make any moral judgements about these conclusions but inevitablythe issues become political and scientists who were trying to draw up DNA charts for indigenous people around the world got the least cooperation from Australia a pity Bottom line I found the book uite illuminating I learned a lot Give it four stars


6 thoughts on “The Bone Readers

  1. says:

    Generally a good book on paleoanthropology Unusual though Exactly what the title says how the Bone Readers researchers working with hominid skulls are influenced by politics in science Multiregionists vs africanists not only Australian While interesting I would prefer a gentle popularized version of it providing arranged facts and a food for thought striped from professional bickeringExamples names locations publications rivals lines of confrontations Rather self expression of disillusioned specialist addressed to insiders than of interest to general audienceDense a lot of information for such small book they even found place to stuff it by unnecessary details and colorful passages A very odd but correct English even I thought that I saw them all With paragraph and thought breaks where they shouldn't be and rather a sketchy interrupted way to deliver the content Eventually one adapts but it slows reading and comprehension and is it worth the troubles? I'm not that interested in the topic nice to know draws attention to less known information but this is much than I bargained for4 stars on scale from bad to very good 3 on GoodReads scale in general I liked it


  2. says:

    It's uite a while since I bought this book so when i eventually got around to reading it I was not sure what it was really about In fact it is largely about the dating and interpretation of old human remains And what I found fascinating was that the results and interpretations take on very powerful political messages There is a strong emphasis on the situation in Australia where some old aboriginal remains were found at The great walls of China I've always wanted to visit the areaespecially when driving along the Hay roaddead flat in all directions and a sign pointing vaguely north to the Great Walls of China I did live in Griffith for a number of years and took the odd trip west to Hay Hell and Booligalbut never uite got to the Walls I digress Some ancient human remains were found here on what used to be a lake foreshore and they have been the source of controversy ever since Local aborigines laid claim to the remains whilst the scientists were intent on dating and later DNA analysing them They appear to be somewhere between 40000 50000 years old and the age and Gracility of the owner raises uestions about migratory pathways and the origins of the aborigines I guess one should also uestion whether the current aboriginal people are the direct descendants of these early inhabitants or were they later arrivalsafter alla lot can happen in 50000 years What the book makes clear is that archeologyanthropology is a bit of a mine field of competing ideas and the various researchers are keen to push their own theories and eually keen to disparage other theories It's also clear that the tools and techniues especially contamination of DNA samples are not as sophisticated or accurate as one might hope forthey have left a lot of room for doubt and competing theories to surviveOne of the big political issues is did the arrival of the aborigines lead to the extermination of megafauna and to changing the landscape though burning I found it fascinating that some interpreters were uite happy to disregard the science and the measurements and give much weight to the oral tradition Though we know from relatively modern history say about the origins of christianity how confusing and contradictory oral traditions can become And even written narratives can be censored as with the selection of a certain canon of books for the new testament Anyway the archeologists tend to play fairly rough and to my mind draw fairly fanciful conclusions based on limited evidence But there does seem to be a good case that the aborigines were probably responsible for wiping out the megafauna and for transforming the landscape through fire stick farming That is not to make any moral judgements about these conclusions but inevitablythe issues become political and scientists who were trying to draw up DNA charts for indigenous people around the world got the least cooperation from Australia a pity Bottom line I found the book uite illuminating I learned a lot Give it four stars


  3. says:

    Or shorter these isn't much science there mostly politics done by government bureaucrats


  4. says:

    Background I am not a archaeologist palaeontologist anthropologist nor any of the many flavors of scientists who populate the pages of this book Additionally I have had no formal education in any of these sciences I am what may be described as a layperson From the perspective of layperson I found this book to be very interesting I admit to 'skimming' when the occasional description became very technical This was somewhat rare and was typically the case when describing different dating methods radio carbon dating etc It was for me an excellent introduction into the science of human origins research and the emotional reaction to that research by various individuals and groups


  5. says:

    A nice short primer on Australian archaeology with a nice comparison between US and Australian incidents of megafaunal extinctions and self provisioning strategies I thought there would be information on Mongo Lady and Mongo Man but there was not that much on them though there is a nice chapter on H floresiensis A nice read even for lay audiences although there are specialized chapters like one on absolute dating etc


  6. says:

    Interesting very frustrating though Glad I don't work in archaeology Even though the topic fascinates me the politics would make me go postal


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