I think it’s not really something your average person is going to know about at all, but it’s basically
stop/discourage things like this blog from happening.
It’s a circling of the wagons, so they can point to a project like this, which 1. is outside their purview for very good reasons and 2. wouldn’t get funding anyway because it’s “too confrontational”.
It’s so they can point to independent projects published online and say “oh, they’re just some wingnut working outside respectable institutions of learning”.
It’s making sure we never get payment or recognition for this kind of work. On the one hand, it might have the effect of stemming some of the rampant plagiarism that goes on, but what do you want to bet that this rule is going to get bent for people who fall IN the sacred circle of publishing within academic journals and maybe happened to lift their entire thesis from “some blog”? And that somehow this new rule will only affect people who’ve previously blogged academic journal-level material online because they were repudiated from publishing it there first? Because that’s already pretty much the established pattern.
That’s the funny thing about structural and institutional disenfranchisement: it’s this amazing coincidence that it seems to always only work in one direction; benefiting those who already have power and recognition, and further disenfranchising those who have neither.
I thought so too, person whom I don’t know.
I thought so too.
I just shaved. touch my leg.
Surprise date! [video]
THANK YOU JENNI HERD
- from PaleoramaEnRed/translated from Spanish
"This is the first autopsy to be performed on such an ancient bison and scientists are now searching for parasites that may have infected animals during [the early Holocene]. The animal was found perfectly preserved in July of 2011 in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia. It was foudn on the banks of a lake district north of Ust-Yana, where remains of woolly mammoths have previously been located. Scientists are conducting a complete anatomical autopsy, including the removal of each organ and are conducting microbiological and genetic tests, with the hope that they will be able to recover vital scientific information regarding the extinction of certain bison taxa ~9 Ky.
Despite being 9000 years old, the bison cadaver gives the appearance of having only died a few days ago. Its body was exposed after part of the shore receded into the lake. ”The discovery has enormous value to scientists because it is the best preserved bison that has ever been found,” says Albert Protopopov, head of the Department of Mammoth Fauna Research in the Academy of Sciences Yakutiana.
Protopopov states: “We have determined that the bison lived 9,000 years ago, during the early Holocene and died when it was about four years old. Many mammoths had died here but bison survived longer. Careful and thorough review will provide us with answers to many questions, the first of which is why bison became extinct. ”
…Scientists in the United States have studied North American bison for quite some time and expect that Yakutianos compare their American relatives. The scientists hope to creature an environmental model via the study of food remains in the digestive tract of the bison and will publish their research year next. Yevgeniy Maschenko, researcher at the Mammal Laboratory of the Institute of Palaeontology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: “ This is the first study of an ancient mammal that has been conducted in the twenty years. We have a team of experts in various fields. We are eager to better understand the morphological aspects of the animal; all its internal organs will be weighed and described. Tissue samples will be taken. Any morphological study of an animal is connected to the study of adaptation to its environment and in this particular case study the paleoecology be very interesting. “
He also states that the histological samples (images of the microscopic anatomy of the animal’s cells and tissues) will be very interesting, as this will be the first opportunity for scientists to study the parasites associated with ancient bison. He noted that the parasites “may not have been preserved, but we will their DNA and evidence of their activity.” Biochemical tests comparing the ancient specimens with extant parasites will provide information regarding the types of parasites that lived 9,000 years ago. This is possible thanks to a new study oriented towards invertebrate DNA technology. It will be used for the first time an extinct animal. ”
BONELUST SCIENCE LESSON: Alligator Scute Bones. Alligators have a number of special features that have allowed them to stick around for 180 million years. For example, alligators are armor-plated. Bony plates inside the skin, called osteoderms or scutes, make the skin very hard to penetrate. When you look at the ridges on the back of an alligator, each little spike is made by a piece of bone in that section of skin. The osteoderms of modern crocodylians are heavily vascularized, and can function as both armor and as heat-exchangers, allowing these large reptiles to rapidly raise or lower their temperature. Osteoderm features a sandwich structure, combining an inner porous core and an outer dense cortex, to offer enhancements for stiffness and energy absorbance. ♥🐊♥ The scute bones pictured here I processed myself from an American Alligator that was donated to me. ♥🐊♥ (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)
This stuff doesn’t happen one time at one place. It happens almost every interview at every place. The number of times it hasn’t happened I could count on one hand. This isn’t just like a singled out instance. It’s one instance in a sea of instances that just pile up. This is what implicit bias does to people, and it’s how it affects me every single day.
HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA - HALLOWEEN PARTY
This is ADORABLE. Why didn’t any of you tell me about this before?
New evidence establishes for the first time that Cahokia, a sprawling, pre-Columbian city situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, hosted a sizable population of immigrants.
Cahokia was an early experiment in urban life, said Thomas Emerson, who led the new analysis….
teeth isotope analysis is awesome as hell, but it really isn’t *news* per se, that Cahokia was filled with diversity. It’s cool that they can technically prove with hard data that some populations from Cahokia originally lived for many years in far away places but…people move…people always move…large urban areas are notoriously multi-ethnic. On the one hand, I’m irritated that people constantly falsely homogenize indigenous peoples so that something like this is actually surprising, but on the other hand I am really excited that isotope analysis proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cahokia was a vibrant place of great diversity.