The Duracell Bunny just keeps going

Anybody who is old enough will remember the Duracell bunny from 1983, the one that kept going when all the other bunnies run out of battery. I can tell you a bit about being one of those other bunnies. And this goes with our Anatolia suit of papers. When I started to work with Mehmet and Gulsah and the people in Ankara, we were about to close what we called “Anatolia I” in Stockholm, that is Omrak et al. 2016. And when we finally got that one published (it got locked down in a half-year review process in a journal I am never submitting to again), Mehmet and Gulsah were already half way into Anatolia II. “Anatolia I was cool Anders, but it really did not say much about Anatolia, these samples are better”. And of course Mehmet was right. But the pleasantly annoying part about this Anatolia II paper was that the Ankara-people managed to organise more and better material than we had in Anatolia I, analys it, write it up, and get it accepted in about a third of the time it took us to do Anatolia I. And this is when all those other bunnies slow down, problem solved, right? And solving the problem took the last bit of energy from the battery. But not the Duracell bunnies, they just go on. “Anders, it does not make any sense what we are saying, without the Mesolithic Greeks, we really do not know what we are talking about”. On a trip to Ankara Mehmet asked me to task Gulsah, who was now working as a postdoc in Stockholm, with some D-stat and also some simulations on the Anatolian data. “I don´t know Mehmet, Gulsah is juggling two major projects and supervising a third right now, she has got a lot on her table, but I’ll ask”. And when I got home and asked Gulsah if she could look at this Anatolia III stuff she responded that it was about time as she was getting really bored with too little to do in the other projects. Anatolia III is out now, and of course, when it was published Mehmet and Gulsah immediately found a demographic element in a place where we did not expect it, why we are way in to Anatolia IV, and Mehmet is already thinking about Anatolia V. And it has not even been two years since we published Anatolia I. The team in Ankara is probably as close as you can get to an intellectual Duracell Bunny.

Gulsah, one of the Ankarians with unlimited energy