'Sideways Look' Blog



Sine Pari

June 20, 2012

Phillip Vallentine Tobias (known by all as “PVT”) was the undisputed doyen of the palaeoanthropological community for the whole of my professional life.

The Lancet

A Humble Pioneer

April 10, 2012

Morris Goodman’s 1963 review entitled Man’s place in the phylogeny of primates as reflected in serum proteins is a well-deserved classic.

What I did Over my Spring Break

March 15, 2012

Let me begin with a confession.

Back to Basics

March 14, 2012

Some background. For a long time the main political parties in the United Kingdom were called the Tories and the Whigs.

Fruits of Browsing: No. 3 'Small, But Perfectly Formed'

March 02, 2012

A relatively painless way to learn about science is to read biographies of scientists.

Arboreal Man

Fruits of Browsing: No. 2 'Up Close and Personal'

February 22, 2012

If you want to capture the essence of the English countryside, my recommendation would be to spend time in the county of Shropshire.

Fruits of Browsing: No. 1 'Sometimes You Get Lucky'

February 07, 2012

The older I get the more I appreciate those who explore and document the history of science, and especially the history of paleoanthropology.

Unreasonable Expectations

January 25, 2012

“For every complex problem, there is a simple, easy to understand, incorrect answer” -Albert von Szent-Györgyi

Publications that made a Difference. No. 2: 'Looking Beyond Modern Human-Type Bipedalism'

January 01, 2012

Among the fossils recovered from Swartkrans in 1949 were two fragments that preserve the proximal end of the right femur.

It's that Time of Year

December 01, 2011

It will not be long before we will be receiving emails from the Graduate Admissions Office of GW’s Columbian College suggesting we come and pick up the files of the applicants for our HOMPAL gradua

Publications that made a Difference. No. 1: 'Sometimes Clout Matters'

November 25, 2011

When I was lad the electronic media largely consisted of radio.

Lessons from Cow Poop

November 14, 2011

Silvana Condemi and Ger-Christian Weniger’s 2011 edited volume (Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe, Volume 1) commemorating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of th

The Heat to Light Index

November 02, 2011

The Heat to Light Index (sometimes abbreviated to ‘H2L’ and computed as Heat/Light x 100) is a little known but valuable way of quantifying the contributions made by individual scientists.

Emulate, but Choose Your Model with Care

October 20, 2011

Way back in the Neolithic, when I was in the UK equivalent of US high school, we took two sets of examinations.

CASHP Director's Blog: No. 1

October 13, 2011

This is the first ‘post’ in what we plan will be a regular series.