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Meet the Ancient Technologists Who Changed Everything

Nicholas R. Longrich , January 14th, 2022

The idea of crafting and using beads as ornamentation may have spread from North Africa outward to other parts of the African continent and to Europe. Nicholas R….


My Tribute to Richard Leakey

Bernard Wood , January 10th, 2022

Richard Leakey and his teams’ fossil discoveries profoundly shaped our knowledge of human origins. Keith Beaty/Toronto Star/Getty Images On January 2, paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey d…


Do Things Have to Be This Way?

David Graeber and David Wengrow , November 24th, 2021

[no-caption] Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images Excerpted from The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. © 2021 by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Reprinted with permission from Farra…


5 Questions About the History of Humanity

Daniel Salas , November 23rd, 2021

Join us LIVE for a 25-minute Q&A with archaeologist and author David Wengrow to discuss his New York Times bestselling book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of…


The Diet of the Future Is a Menu That Draws From the Ancient Past

Bill Schindler , November 17th, 2021

The author wears an outfit he made using ancient tools, methods, and materials while filming the National Geographic TV show The Great Human Race in Alaska. Brent Meske/Courtesy…


How Human Are We?

Nicholas R. Longrich , November 10th, 2021

Hand axes crafted by Homo erectus required skills and planning—and likely, generational knowledge. Nick Longrich This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been rep…


What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?

Josie Glausiusz , October 14th, 2021

The ‘Ubeidiya site today is an expanse of grasses. Concealed from this view are slabs of fossilized pebbly clay, a source of ancient finds that have helped scholars…


Five Human Species You May Not Know About

Anna Goldfield , September 22nd, 2021

We’re so used to the idea of being the only people around that it seems outlandish to think that not so long ago in our evolutionary history, multiple…


Did Dads Evolve?

Elizabeth Preston , September 1st, 2021

[no-caption] Vincent van Gogh/Wikimedia Commons This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished under Creative Commons. Lee Gettler is hard to get on t…


Qualifying Exam Essay: Javelinas in SPAAAACE and Time

Anthropology365 , August 13th, 2021

I have passed my qualifying exams and so am making my essays available on my blog. The other essays can be found: Attending to Animals in Anthropology and…

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Is Homo longi an Extinct Human Species?

Anthony Sinclair , August 4th, 2021

[no-caption] Chuang Zhao This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. In 1933, a mysterious fossil skull was discovered near …


What Misspellings Reveal About Cultural Evolution

Helena Miton , July 28th, 2021

[no-caption] DrAfter123/Getty Images Something about me must remind people of a blind 17th-century poet. My last name, Miton, is French, yet people outside of France invariably misspell i…


The Evolution of Throwing

Marta Zaraska , July 15th, 2021

United States Olympic athlete Kara Winger competes in the women’s javelin throw in 2019. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Kara Winger is trainin…


Who is the Nesher Ramla Homo?

Michelle Langley , July 7th, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. An international group of archaeologists has discovered a missing piece in the story…


How Apes Reveal Human History

Mary Shirley Mitchell , June 24th, 2021

Except for humans, every great ape is endangered—many at great risk of going extinct. There are fewer than 300,000 chimpanzees living in the wild. USAID Africa Bureau/Wikimedia Commons…


Discovering Africa’s Oldest Burial

Alison Crowther and Patrick Faulkner , June 8th, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. Africa is often referred to as the cradle of humankind—the birthplace of our…


Mapping Human and Neanderthal Genomes

Anna Goldfield , February 15th, 2021

Back in 1990, researchers embarked on an epic project to map out all of human DNA: the Human Genome Project. Their first draft of the human genome was…


Is Love a Biological Reality?

Nicola Jones , February 10th, 2021

Helen Fisher knows more about love than most. As a biological anthropologist who studies the topic, she has been a chief scientific adviser to the internet dating site…


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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A Startling Link Between Neanderthals and COVID-19

Daniel Salas , December 8th, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Krieg SAPIENS host Chip Colwell speaks with evolutionary geneticist Hugo Zeberg about his surprising discovery of a connection between Neanderthal DNA and a greater ris…


A Vaccine Will Not Be Enough

Daniel Salas , October 14th, 2020

[no-caption] Angus Greig SAPIENS host Jen Shannon speaks with Agustín Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University, to unpack his insight that the COVID-19 pandemic is a…


What’s Behind Humanity’s Love-Hate Relationship With Exercise?

Marina Krakovsky , September 3rd, 2020

Many people have a strong desire for physical rest despite the fact that health experts advise them to exercise more. Heart rules/Pexels At the start of the COVID-19…


A Spark of Insight Into Neanderthal Behavior

Anna Goldfield , June 22nd, 2020

In 2017, Naomi Martisius, now a postdoctoral researcher with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, was sitting in a conference session when she had an…


Why Are There So Many Humans?

Karen L. Kramer , June 9th, 2020

Savanna Pumé (hunter-gatherers in Venezuela) children, shown here building a house, learn to cooperate from a young age. Russell D. Greaves Something curious happened in human population …