Hoffmann et al. (Reports, 23 February 2018, p. 912) report the discovery of parietal art older than 64,800 years and attributed to Neanderthals, at least 25 millennia before the oldest parietal art ever found. Instead, critical evaluation of their geochronological data seems to provide stronger support for an age of 47,000 years, which is much more consistent with the archaeological background in hand. Hoffmann et al. (1) announced the discovery of parietal art older than 64,800 years (64.8 ka). This would represent the first and only concrete evidence for such expressions in Neanderthal society. Previous U-Th dates propose to link parietal art and Neanderthal groups (2) from evidence of a red disc from El Castillo cave covered by calcite aged 40.8 ka.
It's the second time in a row the board has named a commissioner without an extended search process, having also chosen Boyce that way in 2015. Trustees then were recovering from a fight over their decision to oust Dan Jones as University of Mississippi chancellor, opening the possibility that lawmakers were going to attack their authority. Promoting Boyce, hired to replace Rankins, was a logical choice after Jim Borsig, who was commissioner a short time, decided return to being president of Mississippi University for Women.
A favorite Peace Corps memory: There are many and at so many different levels. One that struck me the most was when, as a high school teacher, I was called on to correct the national exam (the "bac"). There were only about 5 testing centers in the whole country so students came to the testing center closest to their high school. Many had to stay with friends, family or students from the testing center. The bac took place one week and the correction took place the following week.
Due to a reporting error, a column on page 4 of Monday's Herald contained incorrect information on flu vaccines for students. Massachusetts K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only are exempt from the mandate. All other students are required to have a flu vaccine, including remote learners, unless they have a medical or religious exemption.