Tag: Biological anthropology

Evolutionary Foodprints

Chelsea Horton , January 13th, 2021


*This essay includes a photograph of a replica Paranthropus boisei skull and a replica human skull. New approaches to the dental remains of early hominins and the diets…


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All Things Ape

Chelsea Horton , November 20th, 2020


One illustrator’s approach to conveying the multidimensional lives of apes with particular focus on their anatomy. *This essay includes scientific illustrations as well as descriptions of the observin…


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SAR Resident Scholar Colloquium Preview: Alanna Warner-Smith Examines Labor and Inequality in Nineteenth-Century New York City

Sarah Soliz , November 3rd, 2020


During the nineteenth century, ideas about aging were changing. These ideas placed less of an emphasis on tradition and elders and focused…


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SAR Welcomes 2020–2021 Resident Scholars

Sarah Soliz , August 31st, 2020


This week SAR welcomes a new cohort of resident scholars. For over forty years, SAR has awarded nine-month fellowships to a small group of …


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What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19, Part 4: A Conversation with Physician-Anthropologist, Dr. Bjørn Westgard

Alma Gottlieb , May 12th, 2020


Recently, I checked in with Dr. Bjørn Westgard, to see how he was doing. Back in the ‘90s, Bjørn was enrolled in a wildly demanding, combined M.D./Ph.D. program…


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What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19, Part 4: A Conversation with Physician-Anthropologist, Dr. Bjørn Westgard

Alma Gottlieb , May 12th, 2020


Recently, I checked in with Dr. Bjørn Westgard, to see how he was doing. Back in the ‘90s, Bjørn was enrolled in a wildly demanding, combined M.D./Ph.D. program…


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Teaching Evolution in the South: Framing Evolutionary Theory for Religious Students

Anthropology365 , April 8th, 2019


I am a biocultural anthropologist and teach at a university in the southern United States of America. This means that many of my students are religious and haven’t…


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The Irresponsible Neanderthal

Carie Little Hersh , January 30th, 2019


An article grabbed my attention last year but it took a while for me to realize why. The title, “Neanderthals Self-Medicated for Pain” examined research findings analyzing Neanderthal…


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Decolonizing Primatology: Part I

Anthropology365 , November 19th, 2018


We all have texts that are formative in our academic, professional, spiritual, personal, mental, and philosophical lives. There are a few books that I can point to as…


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Race Reconciled – Review by Jason Antrosio

Jennifer Long , December 7th, 2017


Bloggers Rhiannon Mosher and Jennifer Long wanted to point readers to an important blog post on Living Anthropologically called “Race is not an accurate or productive way to describe…


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Race Reconciled – Review by Jason Antrosio

Jennifer Long , December 7th, 2017


Bloggers Rhiannon Mosher and Jennifer Long wanted to point readers to an important blog post on Living Anthropologically called “Race is not an accurate or productive way to describe…


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Ask Me about My Science

Alexandra Frankel , November 3rd, 2017


Curious public means many opportunities for biological anthropologists willing to speak up I once took a cast of a Neandertal skull with me on a research trip, packing…


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Tackling the Elephant in the Room

Alexandra Frankel , August 25th, 2017


A Guide to Teaching Race after Charlottesville The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville embodied the ongoing racist ideologies that have permeated the United States since its incepti…


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Racial Purity is a Lie and Here’s Why

Carie Little Hersh , May 4th, 2017


With the recent increase in folks’ throwing shade and swastikas on other people’s ethnicities, I thought I’d take a moment to remind us all that racial purity is…


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Dating your Ancestors is Complicated: The Strange Case of Homo Naledi

Gamwell , April 26th, 2017


Photo: John Hawks. Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo On this episode, Adam and Ryan dive into the complexities of our…


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Dating your Ancestors is Complicated: The Strange Case of Homo Naledi

Gamwell , April 26th, 2017


Photo: John Hawks. Homo naledi has much in common with early forms of the genus Homo On this episode, Adam and Ryan dive into the complexities of our…


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anthro in the news 11/28/16

Culture In Global Affairs , November 28th, 2016


dear “comrade” Quartz published an article about the changing use and meaning of the term tongzhi, “comrade,” in China. Originating in the early Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.E), the…


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Don’t Panic! The Neuroscience behind falling into Balance w/ Vivek Pandey Vimal

Nina Oria-Loureiro , November 23rd, 2016


Are balance and movement something that can be culturally shaped? Why aren’t female rats being used in drug studies? In this episode of This Anthropological Life we team…


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Anthro in the News 10/24/16

Culture In Global Affairs , October 24th, 2016


It is now accepted, even by the UN, that UN Peacekeeping forces in Haiti from Nepal brought cholera with them in 2010. Before that, Haiti was cholera-free. Interview…


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5 Homophobic Myths Destroyed by Anthropology

Carie Little Hersh , July 15th, 2016


After the horrific mass murder in June focusing on the LGBTQ community at an Orlando club, the only thing worse than the massacre has been the thread of…


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Surviving the Holidays, Anthropologist Style

Carie Little Hersh , December 19th, 2015


As the holidays inch closer, and you’re beginning to dread joining the bag of mixed nuts you call your family, consider approaching them with anthropologists’ eyes this year….


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We Are All Africans

Alma Gottlieb , October 11th, 2015


An impressively interdisciplinary team of geneticists, biological anthropologists, archaeologists, and geologists has just published an article detailing the genetic makeup of a man who lived in Ethio…


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Donald Trump vs. Blood Magic

Alma Gottlieb , August 12th, 2015


Donald Trump has revived old stereotypes in claiming that Fox News commentator/Republican debate moderator Megyn Kelly was ruled by her hormones (“bleeding from her wherever”) when she cri…


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A Tale of Two Chins

Alma Gottlieb , April 19th, 2015


Cell phones . . . couches . . . gyms and community centers . . . archaeologists of the future will unearth countless artifacts and buildings that will testify…


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