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Ethology: The study of evolutionary behavior

Ethology is an underappreciated field of biology that is often overshadowed by the more common 'E' keywords like Evolution, Environment, Ecology, Extinction, so on and so forth. I certainly didn't hear the term until well after college, let alone in a grade school science classroom. As an independent field of…

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Happy St. “Patty’s” Day!

We at the Olympic Project would like to pay homage to our own patron saint "Patty" with a pointer to this 2013 paper in RHI by Bill Munns and Jeff Meldrum analyzing the presence of skin folds and body fat on the Patterson-Gimlin Film subject. Here's hoping you all "get…

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Remembering Dr. Grover Krantz (From “California”, the Magazine of the Cal Alumni Association)

Dr. Krantz and I shared an alma mater, 60 years apart. Go Bears! The Man, The Myth, and The Legend of Grover Krantz

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Artificial Intelligence and the PGF: (Deep)Mind the Gaps

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning has become all the rage over the last decade, especially with the publication of AlexNet in 2012 combined with the rising power of parallel computing via graphics cards (GPUs). AlexNet was the seminal work spurring the rise of deep CNNs (Convolutional Neural Nets, not Anderson…

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Size Matters: The Square-Cube Law and Really Big Feet

Size is a trait so strongly associated with Bigfoot it has become embedded in its mythology. After all, "Big" is half of the name. But just how Big are we talking about here? Short of weighing one in a zoo, there are a few mathematical ways we could guess the…

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From the Archives: A Must-Hear Interview with Dr. Jeff Meldrum

This was a fantastic interview from 2019 with Kelly @ Frightday, where the good Doctor lectures for a full 2 hour class length on everything from the PGF to population size estimates. We need more interviews and scientific discussions like this, from more people! https://www.frightday.com/a-conversation-with-jeff-meldrum/

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A Way-Too-Detailed Analysis of Projectile Throwing in Chimpanzees (And Resulting Effects in Brain Matter and Behavior)

As we've previously stated on this blog, if you want to do science, you need to get familiar with how scientists talk (and write) so that you will be better equipped to 1) discern what is research, and what is BS and 2) effectively communicate your ideas in findings in…

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