COVID-19 officially sucks. Thankfully, Rob Nelson is posting great content at StoneAgeMan to help you get through this quarantine, and one of those pieces is a new article by yours truly.
Rob Nelson, owner of Untamed Science and now StoneAgeMan, has recently published another of my articles on his revamped website. This post focuses on tree-ring dating, or dendrochronology – a powerful archaeological dating technique.
Here’s a cool article from the anthropology website SAPIENS, written by Josie Glausiusz. It deals with Neanderthals; and, more specifically, how they make us rethink our definition of “species.”
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just had another article published on StoneAgeMan! This latest post begins a discussion on archaeological dating methods, because learning about the past requires solid procedures for determining how old objects are.
Conservation often involves changing people’s behavior, ideally in ways that help both them and wildlife. There are many disciplines that provide strategies for how to initiate behavior change, and two of the overarching “flavors” are behavioral science and social marketing. This blog post by Sara Isaac of Marketing for Change does a good job of explaining the differences between the two approaches.
Often, the persecution of predators like jaguars (Panthera onca) is blamed – at least in part – on livestock depredation: jaguars kill cattle, and hence people kill jaguars. But what happens when there are no cattle? In areas where human communities do not rely on livestock for their livelihoods, would they be more tolerant of jaguars? That is the question that Jillian Knox and her co-authors set out to answer.
I have just read a study that was published last year in PLOS ONE. It examined the effects of road development on jaguar conservation in Ecuador, and found, not surprisingly, that more roads equal fewer jaguars.
Researchers A. M. Lemieux and Nicholas Bruschi recently published an insightful paper about one of the illicit products being sold for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine: jaguar paste. They constructed “crime scripts” to determine how this substance is produced and traded, and to provide informed suggestions on how to curtail this alarming practice.