Friday, December 09, 2005

More on Dawgs, Gigantopithecus and Mayan Women

Evolgen has solved the mystery of the shared 5% between mice, dogs and humans...

National Geographic News has a story about the gigantopithecus find I blogged about here. You may remember I complained about the fact that gigantopithecus is frequently drawn as some kind of giant gorilla looking thing, even though it is believed that they are more closely related to Orangs... Well:

Much Better! The National Geographic article mentioned Russell Ciochon has something to do with this, so I did a little searching and found a sight detailing the process of creating the reconstruction. It can be found here. For a quick overview of gigantopithecus you can go here. You can also see some of the fossil specimens here - they are the last three.

Finally, Alun has a post about the Mayan stela picturing a Mayan woman - one of the earliest representations in Mayan art. I have found pictures (rather than drawings) of the stela.

The above is a picture to tide you over till you get there. The rest of the pictures can be found here. There are also two quicktime movies, one shows the raising of the stela and the other shows some preliminary cleaning of it.