Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Oh Snarkiness

John Hawks, a very bright anthropologist, came out and made a snarky reference (in the title) to the H floresiensis debate. There was a dwarf water buffalo that was found in a museum in some boxes from the Phillipines. Did anyone even check? Because...

GNXP's science blog brought to light a paper that points out that brains are expensive. There is a population of orangutans that where there is a persistant threat of starvation that they have started downsizing their brains. Makes you wonder if the same problem was present for the floriensis population, no? They're both 'ape' primates in the Indonesian archipelago...:D

On a personal level, I have found snarkiness to be quite the short term. Best be careful in the long run. ;)

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