When I was little, I loved ice cream more than just about anything. But, as my mom tells it, I would sometimes get to Baskin-Robbins and be so overwhelmed by the many delicious options that I would be overwhelmed with indecision and take the easy way out: forgoing a cone.*
It turns out there's scientific evidence that my mind actually was paralyzed by too much information. The bonus in listening to this exploration of choice is worthwhile if only to hear Oliver Sacks describe forcing himself to eat 22 pounds of liver.
Also in today's links: what not to do while home sick, unanswered questions about "the hobbit," and more.
Newly discovered human skeletons suggest that people are people, no matter their height
By Day GreenbergPosted 06.04.2008 at 11:21 am 7 Comments
From left to right, a modern human female skull, a fragment of an older Palauan skull, and a model of a Homo floresiensis skull.
It could be any human skull, but this one is in fact much smaller and comes with a lot more controversy. In 2006, South African paleoanthropologist Lee Berger discovered this skull and thousands of other human bones piled in corners, buried under sand, or cemented to walls by dripping flowstone (the mineral that makes stalagmites) in a pair of burial caves in the Pacific island nation of Palau.
The debates—and diagnoses—of the tiny Flores fossils rage on.
By Laura AllenPosted 03.21.2008 at 10:30 am 5 Comments
When there is only one skull to study and at least 65 scientists studying it, you bet there will be squabbling.
Ive been following the scientific news of the diminutive Flores hominids—the meter-high beings with brains the size of an orange—ever since the astonishing fossils were first discovered on the Indonesian island in 2004. Recently, three new papers have emerged, and now things are really getting weird.