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Do Mountains Have Souls?

Marlaina Martin , November 15th, 2022

An anthropologist explores the resurgence of “new Animism”—interest in spiritual practices that recognize the interrelationships among animals, places, plants, and people. This article was originally…


Hunting Down the Facts About Paleo Diets

Marlaina Martin , October 27th, 2022

An evolutionary anthropologist argues that Paleolithic diets were much more varied than people think based on his research with the Hadza community, contemporary hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. This ar…


Book Review: Horizon Work: At the Edge of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change by Adriana Petryna

Rose Deller , October 20th, 2022

In Horizon Work: At the Edge of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change, Adriana Petryna explores ‘horizoning’ as a conceptual device that sets up new ranges and circumstances for…

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How Can Societies Decolonize Conservation?

Keridwen Cornelius , October 18th, 2022

Two archaeologists reflect on how social hierarchies harm biodiversity and how to move away from conservation efforts based on colonialist values. ✽ When I (Tim) arrived in Hanalei,…


Why Indigenous Fire Management Works

Marlaina Martin , October 11th, 2022

Three researchers use a study of the cypress pine in Arnhem Land, Australia, to explain why large-scale, institutional fire management is inferior to sustainable cultural burning. This article…


Extracting Hominin Evolution From Fossilized Teeth

Marlaina Martin , October 4th, 2022

Two anthropologists explain how analyses of oxygen isotopes from 17-million-year-old ape teeth could lead to new insights on early human evolution amid environmental changes. This article was origina…


Was Our Skin Meant for the Sun?

Marlaina Martin , September 28th, 2022

An anthropologist examines the history of human skin under the sun, revealing how evolution and culture conspired to shape our outermost organ. This article was originally published at…


Platypod, Episode Three: Disability, Toxicity, and the Environment

Elizabeth Roberts , September 28th, 2022

Platypod In this episode, Platypod presents a conversation between Elizabeth Roberts (the University of Michigan) and Sophia Jaworski (the University of Toronto). They discuss the complexities of corp…


Book Review: Tigers are our Brothers: Anthropology of Wildlife Conservation in Northeast India by Ambika Aiyadurai

Rose Deller , September 23rd, 2022

In Tigers are our Brothers: Anthropology of Wildlife Conservation in Northeast India, Ambika Aiyadurai offers an ethnographic study of wildlife conservation in Northeast India, examining the relations…

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Food Sovereignty vs. Food Aid: Why Smallscale Farming Suffers

dvarisco , September 11th, 2022

Traditional farming in al-Ahjur, Central Highlands (photography by Daniel Martin Varisco) The early major civilizations in the Middle East and Asia with their head start several millennia ago…


Book Review: Building on Borrowed Time: Rising Seas and Failing Infrastructure in Semarang by Lukas Ley

Rose Deller , September 6th, 2022

In Building on Borrowed Time: Rising Seas and Failing Infrastructure in Semarang, Lukas Ley offers a new ethnography exploring how people in Semarang, Indonesia, deal with the everyday threat of…

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What Ended This Hub of Ancient Maya Life?

Marlaina Martin , September 1st, 2022

A bioarchaeologist reflects on how a team of scientists investigated various elements that contributed to the destabilization and ultimate breakdown of Mayapán. This article was originally published …


A Reader’s Question About Surviving the Ice Age

Marlaina Martin , August 24th, 2022

An anthropologist describes the multiple ice ages of the Earth’s past and how our species survived the most recent one. This article was originally published at The Conversation…


We are probably all black centipedes at heart

john hutnyk , August 8th, 2022

Dream note: I have to arrange my own boat, a massive crustacean-covered barge rowed with huge crab/octopus like mechanical oars and a front that folds over with a…


Counting on Montane Birds: Biologists, Verticality, and Territorial Defense in Colombia

Ángela Castillo-Ardila , August 2nd, 2022

This piece is about the unforeseen and sometimes overlooked connection between (i) birds living in the forests of Colombia’s high tropical Andes, (ii) local biologists supporting an anti-mining…


Book Review: Remaindered Life by Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Rose Deller , August 2nd, 2022

In Remaindered Life, Neferti X. M. Tadiar examines ‘remaindered life’ that goes beyond the binary understanding of productive and disposable life propagated under global capitalism. This c…

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Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging

Saish Solankar , June 29th, 2022

Frog hunters, known as “giggers,” search for bullfrogs in southern Indiana. Saish Solankar The moon emerged out of the clouds at a few minutes past midnight, reflecting on…


Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging

SAPIENS , June 29th, 2022

The moon emerged out of the clouds at a few minutes past midnight, reflecting on the murky water of a forest pond. I watched as Wyatt*, the organizer…


What Ancient Stone “Swiss Army Knives” Mean

Amy Mosig Way , June 24th, 2022

Multipurpose ancient stone tools harbor more clues about human sociality than initially meet the eye. Paloma de la Peñ This article was originally published in The Conversation and…


What Ancient Stone “Swiss Army Knives” Mean

SAPIENS , June 24th, 2022

This article was originally published in The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Humans are the only species to live in every environmental niche in the…


Sister Parks: North American Coloniality and the Monarch Butterfly

Columba González-Duarte , June 10th, 2022

Monarch migration and the making of North America At the end of each summer, the northern prairies and Great Lakes regions of North America host a new generation…

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Techno-geographies of digital phenotyping in mental health research   by Jessy Williams

Jessy Williams , June 7th, 2022

Can your phone keep you mentally well? Developments in digital phenotyping have brought new attention to forms of behavioural data collection that capitalise on the apparent ubiquity of…


Tree Rings Are Evidence of the Megadrought—and Our Doom

Stephen E. Nash , June 2nd, 2022

I love trees. I also love dendrochronology—literally, “the study of tree time.” This science, which uses data derived from tree growth rings, provides scientists with a wealth of…


Seasonal Knowledge and Arab Gulf Almanacs

tabsir , May 28th, 2022

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Seasonal Knowledge and the Almanac Tradition of the Arab Gulf. Details about the book, including a free…