One sees a few fascinating faces in Cagliari: those great dark unlighted eyes. There are fascinating dark eyes in Sicily, bright, big, with an impudent point of light and a curious roll, and long lashes: the eyes of old Greece, surely. But here one sees eyes of soft, blank darkness, all velvet, with no imp looking out of them. And they strike a stranger, older note: before the soul became selfconscious: before the mentality of Greece appeared in the world. … ⇒
Mana Dembo, Davorka Radovčić, Heather M. Garvin, Myra F. Laird, Lauren Schroeder, Jill E. Scott, Juliet Brophy, Rebecca R. Ackermann, Chares M. Musiba, Darryl J. de Ruiter, Arne Ø. Mooers, Mark Collard
Journal of Human Evolution Vol. 97, August 2016: 17–26; doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.04.008
Homo naledi is a recently discovered species of fossil hominin from South Africa. … ⇒
I. Flash of odd familiarity in the western Brazilian Amazon (Steggerda 1963:90):
This word must be related to Quechua coto ‘goiter’ (‘mass’, ‘lump’), surely after these monkeys’ (Alouatta seniculus) bulging vocal apparatus.
As for the curious coloration, why wasn’t this just dye?
II. An eighth century Chinese presumption of continuity between the Inner Asian Hu of that era and the Wusun — most think some early eastern plume of Indo-Europeans — in the Hanshu of some six centuries earlier (So 2009:134):
From Matisoo-Smith, E. (2015). Ancient DNA and the human settlement of the Pacific: A review. Journal of Human Evolution (in press, corrected proof). doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.10.017:
During searches of museum collections to attempt to find other commensal animal bones, we encountered archaeological collections of human remains from Isla Mocha, a small island located approximately 30 km off the coast of south central Chile, about 100 km south of the site of El Arenal. … ⇒
The height of these four prehistoric inhabitants of Krasnodar was recorded as 2.1m (~6’11”) for the men and 1.97m (~6’6″) for the women.
The Novotitarovskaya Culture is classified as a relative of Yamnaya or component of the Yamnaya horizon. … ⇒
Follow-up to a bizarre mtDNA finding from 2013: 2 of 14 skulls in the Botocudo collection of The Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found to have seemingly Austronesian mtDNA haplogroups while the remainder exhibited the typically Native American hg C1. … ⇒