You sure don’t want to miss Connor’s post! Read it here. I’ve tried manually updating the feed from his blog, but am not getting very far. I will keep working on it.
There’s so much to chew on in Erica and Camilla’s post, Domestication, energy, geography…and how things came to be….The cattle staring at us from Erica’s blog page seem to agree. I’m especially appreciative of the quote from Russel’s article: “To biology, history offers an understanding of the social forces that create selective pressures. To history, biology offers understanding of the ways organisms respond to such pressure. Together, as evolutionary history, they offer an understanding of the ever changing dance between humans and nature.” I like that this quote urges us to see history and biology as intertwined, ongoing, and in process. Rather than the chicken-egg debate or before and after paradigm, or the civilization vs. nature perspective, evolutionary history invites us to examine an elegant, ever-unfolding dance.
We have seven blogs in play now. If yours isn’t on the list, please send me the URL so your posts will show up here. Enjoy the snow and stay warm!
Or wheat, not meat, offers new clues on the evolution of the dog… An article in the Washington Post yesterday suggests that developing the ability to digest grains played a key role in the evolution of the dog. This morning, NPR also reported on the Swedish study., confirming the carb-canine connection. Since dogs will bark throughout the semester, I’ve added a page for us to discuss them here.
It was pleasure to meet you all in class just now. Erica’s blog is already syndicated here. Please send me the URL’s to your blogs so I can add them as well. If you find the dappled horses from Pech Merle compelling you might want to check out this discussion about whether these paintings were representations of real horses or a Shaman’s subjective depiction.