Fieldnotes from Life

Anthropology is everywhere, in everyone's lives. It's just up to us to record it.

8:34 PM
March 10th, 2013



10:01 PM
April 5th, 2011

Alex posts youtube videos of primates as “revision” #4.4: Ceboids - Aotinae

D’aww!

Features of haplorhines (again!):

  • Diurnal (except tarsiers and owl monkey)
  • Olfaction unimportant, dry noses with closed rhinarium
  • Simple noses
  • Colour vision (colour is the dominant sense)
  • Full post-orbital closure (usually)
  • Social
  • Small/medium

Features of platyrrhines (again!):

  • Also called New World Monkeys
  • From South America
  • Arboreal
  • Most diurnal
  • Quadrupedal
  • One group with a prehensile tail
  • Sideways-facing nostrils
  • 3 premolars
  • 2 or 3 molars

Features of aotinae:

  • Durnal titi monkey
  • Nocturnal owl monkey
5:05 PM
April 4th, 2011
languageshellyeah:

Comically Linguistic: That’s right. The old ‘Eskimo words for snow’ myth. Where did this myth come from? A somewhat misunderstood and over exaggerated article published in 1940 by Benjamin Whorf. In this article, Whorf claimed there were 7 words for snow. Over time reporters exaggerated the number to make things more interesting. Eventually that number rose to 100, which sounds very interesting to a collector of incorrect facts (we all know that guy), but to linguists this is snow joking matter. Get it? Snow joking … yeah.


languageshellyeah:

Comically Linguistic: That’s right. The old ‘Eskimo words for snow’ myth. Where did this myth come from? A somewhat misunderstood and over exaggerated article published in 1940 by Benjamin Whorf. In this article, Whorf claimed there were 7 words for snow. Over time reporters exaggerated the number to make things more interesting. Eventually that number rose to 100, which sounds very interesting to a collector of incorrect facts (we all know that guy), but to linguists this is snow joking matter. Get it? Snow joking … yeah.

(via commonunity)

11:00 AM
April 4th, 2011
We are so accepting of these daily intrusions.


We are so accepting of these daily intrusions.

12:32 PM
April 3rd, 2011
Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities.
Alfred L. Kroeber (via fuckyeahanthropologymajorfox)
5:05 PM
April 2nd, 2011

Alex posts youtube videos of primates as “revision” #4.3: Ceboids - Atelines

Ok so it’s not a real spider monkey but the song was too brilliant to ignore.

Features of haplorhines (again!):

  • Diurnal (except tarsiers and owl monkey)
  • Olfaction unimportant, dry noses with closed rhinarium
  • Simple noses
  • Colour vision (colour is the dominant sense)
  • Full post-orbital closure (usually)
  • Social
  • Small/medium

Features of platyrrhines (again!):

  • Also called New World Monkeys
  • From South America
  • Arboreal
  • Most diurnal
  • Quadrupedal
  • One group with a prehensile tail
  • Sideways-facing nostrils
  • 3 premolars
  • 2 or 3 molars

Features of atelines:

  • Largest New World monkeys
  • Prehensile tails help support weight in trees
  • Suspensory locomotion
  • Eg. Spider monkey
4:58 PM
April 2nd, 2011
Now, I’ve never been a fan of amphibians. Not only do they strengthen the argument for evolution, they are nature’s fence sitters. Come on, amphibians. Which is it? Water or land? Pick one, we’re at war.
Stephen Colbert (via missshaw)
3:32 PM
April 2nd, 2011
Generally finance, maths, numbers, money, traditionally have not been seen as a female thing. That’s all about the culture of power. And one way that you keep women away from the power traditionally is that not only do they not own the money, control the money, but they don’t understand the money. I feel very strongly about educating women about finance.
6:54 PM
April 1st, 2011
fuckyeahanthropologymajorfox:

[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating  purple and green. Foreground — a picture of a fox. Top text: “Go to zoo” Bottom text: “Secure best Chimp viewing spot by loudly sharing gross primatology facts”]
Mod Note: Obnoxious fact sharing is a key skill. There should be a major required course in it.


fuckyeahanthropologymajorfox:

[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating purple and green. Foreground — a picture of a fox. Top text: “Go to zoo” Bottom text: “Secure best Chimp viewing spot by loudly sharing gross primatology facts”]

Mod Note: Obnoxious fact sharing is a key skill. There should be a major required course in it.

5:00 PM
April 1st, 2011

Alex posts youtube videos of primates as “revision” #4.2: Ceboids - Cebids

I actually wrote in my notes “Capuchin - Ross’s monkey”.

Features of haplorhines (again!):

  • Diurnal (except tarsiers and owl monkey)
  • Olfaction unimportant, dry noses with closed rhinarium
  • Simple noses
  • Colour vision (colour is the dominant sense)
  • Full post-orbital closure (usually)
  • Social
  • Small/medium

Features of platyrrhines (again!):

  • Also called New World Monkeys
  • From South America
  • Arboreal
  • Most diurnal
  • Quadrupedal
  • One group with a prehensile tail
  • Sideways-facing nostrils
  • 3 premolars
  • 2 or 3 molars

Features of cebids:

  • Diverse in feeding and ecology
  • Eg. capuchins: medium sized, sexually dimorphic, practice polygny
  • Eg. squirrel monkeys: medium sized, large group size