'Sideways Look' Blog

Professional Generosity

October 26, 2016

Dart with Taung skull

Man of Grit

June 12, 2016


Man of Character

June 01, 2016

Forty Years On

March 13, 2016

Elwyn Simons died a week ago today. He was 85. My condolences to Friderun, his children and grandchildren, and to his many colleagues.

Hidden Treasures

October 30, 2015

Glynn Isaac

A Very Special Archeologist

October 05, 2015

Thirty years ago today, Glynn Isaac, then aged 47, died.

Two Versions - One Reality

September 09, 2015

Enough is Enough

April 21, 2015

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse” 
(Edmund Burke speaking in the House of Commons on the 7th February, 1771)

In Praise of Authority

March 30, 2015

One of the many definitions of “authority” in my American Heritage Dictionary is “an accepted source of information or advice.” In some circles it may be questionable to confer the label of “auth

Words from the Wise

September 07, 2014

Publishers have all-but-abandoned conference volumes, but when I started my career, and thanks in large part to the Burg Wartenstein series of publications supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation,

Lost in the Mail

December 11, 2013

Thank you for asking me to comment on the attached manuscript by Lorkipanidze et al. entitled ‘A complete skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, and the evolutionary biology of early Homo.’