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catman44
04-28-2020, 08:30 PM
Whilst in Covid-19 lockdown, esteemed paleoanthropologist , Lee Berger, has decided to give a series of lectures.

Here are the first four :


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mWOJ56_Et0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E6AMJuAw78


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1SsIT6CLYo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49Mycdc9Z7o

Henry Stevens
07-28-2020, 07:31 PM
Look, I am not a big fan of Berger. I don't exactly follow this guy, only when he blurts out something newsworthy, so please correct me where I am wrong.

My basic criticism of him is the "comet in human evolution" mentality by which he promoted himself and H. nadeli. It is as if we were talking about Zinjanthropus and Lewis Leakey all over again. Second criticism, and probably more important, he implied a morphological dating in his news releases of this creature and in not waiting for a real date, he did himself, his credibility, tremendous harm.

You can talk about an F1 generation, a characterized genome, and the environment and maybe make statements as to where change will occur. Or you can date the fossil and compare it with contemporaries and what went on before and what happened after and make statements about change which occurred. Berger did neither and it was not science.