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Anthropology professor's blog raises public interest

Madison, Wis. John Hawks has a cardinal rule with his graduate students: "If you want to retain it, write it down."

The University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropologist practices what he preaches, deciding in 2005 not just to write it down, but share it with the world via academic weblog.

The result is John (, a project that solved Haw......

Full article >>> a tiny island in Indonesia, purported to be a species of tiny humans that roamed the island 18,000 years ago. Hawks was one of many anthropologists skeptical of the finding, and his posts prompted a torrent of responses from colleagues.

"It was such a weird thing to find, so that raises my guard," Hawks says. "In my field, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, this one mayb......

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That practical value is important in academia, where blogs have not found universal acceptance as a form of scholarly productivity.

"I was really apprehensive about doing this at first," Hawks says. "I'm an assistant professor. I don't have tenure. Would people perceive this as worthwhile?"

An article on that same topic in Slate magazine referenced Hawks' blog,......

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