Site update

Since I have been really terrible at updating the blog (but pretty good at keeping up with the facebook blog posts) I've added the widget below so that facebook cross posts to the blog.

You shouldn't need to join facebook but can just click on the links in the widget to access the articles. If you have any problems or comments please mail me at arandjel 'AT'

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary blog

Bala Amarasekaran abandoned his original career as an accountant to establish Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in 1995. Together with the Government of Sierra Leone, he is working to secure the welfare and future of chimpanzees in Sierra Leone.

Go to the site and learn about the great work Tacuguma is doing and donate if you can!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Evidence - How do we know what we know?

The Exploratorium visited the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology here in Leipzig, Germany in 2006 and observed and recorded what it is we do to find out about human origins.

Check out EVIDENCE to see the amazing exhibit they have put together from their visit.

In the section 'Observing Behavior' Linda Vigilant, Christophe Boesch & Svante Pääbo (amongst others) discuss the links between our and the great apes' evolutionary pasts. As Linda talks about male relationhsips in chimpanzees, Romanus Ikfuingei and myself, demonstrate how DNA is collected and extracted from feces.

A great exhibit with wonderful photos and commentary.