News for Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dean Falk and Einstein’s Brain in BBC News Magazine

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William Kremer of BBC World Service explores the post-mortem “snatching” of Einstein’s brain and traces the history of the subsequent research and researchers, including SAR senior scholar Dean Falk.

The Strange Afterlife of Einstein's Brain.

Dean Falk is an American evolutionary anthropologist who splits her time between Santa Fe, NM, where she is a senior scholar at SAR, and Tallahassee, FL, where she is the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University. Her research includes collaborative studies of the brain of the controversial specimen nicknamed Hobbit, which represents a newly discovered human species (Homo floresiensis); an investigation of the brain of Dr. Albert Einstein; fossil projects with colleagues from Europe, Africa, and America; a book with her granddaughter, Eve, about Asperger syndrome; and a project about the human propensity for violence. Books include Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants & the Origins of Language and The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution.

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