'Sideways Look' Blog

Read posts authored by CASHP's Bernard Wood, University Professor of Human Origins, on research, academia and other experience in the field.

Lives and Half-Lives

My PhD supervisor, colleague and friend, Michael Day, died on June 1, 2018. Michael, who was one of my anatomy teachers, introduced me to human evolution.

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Time Marches On

My PhD supervisor, Michael Day, died on June 1st, 2018, aged 91.

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Voices from the Past (2)

Louis Leakey’s presentation of the results of research at Olduvai was the focus of the The Origin of Man symposium sponsored...

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Voices from the Past

Many conferences have been devoted to the topic of human origins. Most of these have the equivalent of a ‘fossil record’ in...

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A Woman in Science

Some people make an impression out of all proportion to the time you spend with them. For me, Hertha de Villiers – who died at...

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Entitled Males - Art Imitates Life

The year that soon comes to an end has seen discussions within various scientific disciplines about the problem of sexual...

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Professional Generosity


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Man of Grit

When I came to the US nearly twenty years ago, one of the many differences I noticed was the lack in the US of any system to...

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Man of Character

Australia has consistently punched above its weight with respect to medical research. It has also been a reliable source of...

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A Different Perspective

The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west. But the leaves are beginning to fall from the trees, and the weakening...