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Anti-social Media

That freedom-loving Frenchy, Voltaire, once famously remarked “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”. This quote was later adapted by Oscar Wilde, who declared “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make […]

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Caveman revisited

A recent discovery in Gibraltar adds to the growing body of evidence which portrays our Neanderthal cousins as smart, thoughtful people capable of abstract thought and an appreciation for art. Though the graffito found in a cave overlooking the Mediterranean may not look like much – perhaps like a grid for a game of noughts […]

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The Fossil King

Today I post an extract from the first chapter of my new novel, THE FOSSIL KING, the follow-up to ANCESTOR.  *********** I’m not dead. Although the observation is clinical, made with the kind of emotional detachment I used to reserve for patients, it also betrays an element of surprise. This isn’t how things should have […]

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Breaking the glass ceiling for female guinea pigs

One of my favourite running gags from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is the way Marion Ravenwood, Indiana Jones’s love interest in the movie, manages to hold her liquor. First, she outlasts every male brute in a drinking contest in a Nepalese bar. Later, she outwits her captor and Nazi collaborator, the French archaeologist […]

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The Man in the Arena

As a writer, you’ll occasionally face criticism. It comes with the territory. Sometimes it’s in the form of private feedback, whether from beta readers or commissioning editors, other times it’s a review of your work published in a newspaper or on a website. Besides the latter’s public nature, this is no different from people in […]

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Fun with Fossils

Welcome Dear Reader. First, a quick introduction. My name is Raymond Steyn. I’m the author of the recently published science thriller ANCESTOR (also my debut). My posts will concentrate on paleoanthropology and evolution, although other areas of science (and life) might also feature occasionally. My fascination with prehistory is difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s the […]