Virtual Fossils Revolution the Study of Evolution

Courtesy Doug Boyer/Morphosource By Dr. Douglas Martin Boyer / 02.25.2016 Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology Duke University ‘Seeing is believing’, as the saying goes, and so empirical data are the lifeblood of science and the scientific method. Science progresses by winnowing out those hypotheses or theories that fail under increasingly large amounts of data; favoured hypotheses[…]

Neanderthals in 3D: L’Homme de La Chapelle

A neanderthal skull, left hand side of one of Boule’s stereographs included in his L’Homme de La Chapelle (1911) – Source: author’s scan. More than just a favourite of Victorian home entertainment, the stereoscope and the 3D images it created were also used in the field of science. Lydia Pyne explores how the French palaeontologist Marcellin Boule[…]

Nostalgia Can Be Good for Us

By Dr. John Medina / 01.21.2018 Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering University of Washington School of Medicine I want to describe the delightfully entitled “Counterclockwise Experiment” because its results are chock full of good news for aging historians. Doing so requires starting with something less delightful, unfortunately. In fact, it’s a bit embarrassing, and probably very[…]

The Riace Warriors (Bronzi di Riace) at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

Head and torso (detail), Statue A, from the sea off Riace, Italy, c. 460-450 B.C.E. (?), 198 cm high (Museo Archaeologico Nazionale Reggio Calabria) (photo: Luca Galli, CC BY 2.0) By Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker / 08.08.2015 Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies Binghamton University The Riace Warriors (also referred to as the Riace bronzes or Bronzi di Riace) are two life-size[…]

The Transformative Impact of World War II in Europe

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 assembled the victors of the First World War, i.e. President Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) of the United States, Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863–1945) of Great Britain, Georges Clemenceau (1841–1929) of France, and the Italian Prime Minister Vittorio Orlando (1860–1952). Whereas Germany and Russia had not been invited, many other[…]

The Term “Reich” in the Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Worlds

Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Joachim Whaley / 05.11.2015 Professor of German History and Thought University of Cambridge Abstract The term “Reich” is found in a variety of European languages and has several applications in German. “Das Reich” is different, however, and it derives its suggestive force from a combination of secular and religious sources. This[…]