Secret Eaters: Baboon Edition

Having spent all my life in North America, living several months in England this year was very much a culture shock: everything was different, from the accents to food. Slowly but surely, I’ve adjusted, and I’ve even developed a few guilty pleasures like Bakewell tarts and Secret Eaters, an unapologetic reality TV show in which the participants don’t understand why they’re not losing weight because they’re always making healthy choices. Continue reading

Time to waste

I was a freshman in one of my first archeology classes when it hit me that archeology isn’t treasure hunting. Yes, archeologists find precious objects from time to time, but more often than not, archeologists study trash! People from the past used or took with them anything that was still good or useful. So what they left behind was either broken, lost or waste. Common archeological remains include table leftovers (fruit pits, charred bones), factory waste (a lot of empty glass bottles for instance), broken pottery, “débitage” (waste from stone tool manufacturing) and, the most glamorous of them all, human and animal waste.

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Goats vs Sheep

“If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?”

Apparently this is a common odd-ball question at job interviews. I like to think I am goat. Curious, independent, playful and highly adaptable. You would have pictured something entirely different if I had said I was a sheep. Soft and fluffy? A mindless follower? Anxious?

But is there really that much of a difference between a goat and a sheep?

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Human Evolutionary Genetics

Lately, I’ve been sharing mini-blogs about interesting developments in genetics with my Human Evolutionary Genetics class. It’s a fascinating, fast-paced field.