Slavia Field School in Drawsko, Poland! Gahh!

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s me. It’s been a very long time since I last posted – school got very busy and I kept putting this blog on hiatus. Since I love adventures, I thought I’d start this post with my recent adventure in Drawsko, Poland where I got credit at U of T! Over this…

Genes Says You’re A Neanderthal…Well, A Little Bit Anyway

In my previous post about scientists cloning our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, I pondered on the idea of what it would be like to actually meet one someday. Well, it seems the latest discovery shows that we have met them….and they are ‘us’ –  at least a little anyway. University of California Santa Cruz professor…

Mystery of our origins: Panspermia?

When we debate about the origins of our species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, we are usually referring to humanlike creatures that appeared about 4 million years ago. From Australopithecus, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, to the more recent Homo Sapiens neanderthalensis, we have researched intensely about the possibilities of our ancestors on earth, and not how we…

16th-century mummy captivates a nation

In April of 1998, a construction was about to begin on a large apartment complex in Andong City, South Korea. An earlier survey had established that the hillside contained 16 tombs. Archaeologists determined that the tombs belonged to the ancestors of the Goseong Yi, a clan indigenous to the region that rose to power at…

Cloning an Extinct Cousin: A New Life for Neanderthals?

In the next few months, the first draft of a Neanderthal’s genetic code will be published by a group of scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. In the latest issue of Archaeology Magazine (March/April 2010), this topic is thoroughly discussed; the cloning of Neanderthals. I can’t help but wonder what life would be…