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The Hobbit Trap

Maciej Henneberg, Robert B. Eckhardt, & John Schofield

Left Coast Press

1630 N. Main Street, 400 Walnut Creek, CA 94596

9781598745726, $24.95, www.lcoastpress.com

What determines a classification of a new species, and how is it abused? "The Hobbit Trap: How New Species Are Invented" is a discussion of anthropology from Maciej Henneberg offering a study of modern anthropology and the new species theory, focusing in particular on the Indonesian island of Flores, which was nick named the Hobbit, drawing attention from the media. With a careful eye for the scientific method and better practice, "The Hobbit Trap" is endlessly intriguing, fascinating, and highly recommended.

Feasting with Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley

Cheryl Claassen

The University of Tennessee Press

293 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0325

1572337141, $49.00, www.utpress.org

The lives of people eight thousand years ago tells us much about our basic nature as a people. "Feasting with Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley: Archaic Sacred Sites and Rituals" studies the Southern Ohio Valley and its archeological sites. Cheryl Claassen disputes the common assessment that the hunter gatherer society of the time had little in the way of culture, stating there is strong evidence of ritual and tradition even with low technology and the very real fear starvation and other primal death. "Feasting with Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley" is a unique and intriguing study of ancient humanity, highly recommended.

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Title Annotation:'The Hobbit Trap: How New Species Are Invented' by Maciej Henneberg, Robert B. Eckhardt, and John Schofield and 'Feasting with Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley: Archaic Sacred Sites and Rituals' by Cheryl Claassen
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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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