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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…


New project in evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology

gregdowney , September 26th, 2022

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash. As a cultural anthropologist, I am thrilled that cultural variation is increasingly recognized as significant in a wide range of fields, cognitive…


Are Insomniacs Overthinking Sleep?

Keridwen Cornelius , September 20th, 2022

From WiFi-enabled sleep trackers to wearable brain-altering apps, sleep technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. But is the antidote to insomnia far more ancient? ✽ You will likely spend…


The Problems of Evolution as a “March of Progress”

Keridwen Cornelius , August 16th, 2022

The idea that evolution is a hierarchy of complexity with humans on top lurks in everything from biology classes to politics. It’s time to unlearn this false and…


Did Margaret Mead Think a Healed Femur Was the Earliest Sign of Civilization?

Gideon Lasco , June 16th, 2022

According to a commonly shared story, the anthropologist Margaret Mead was supposedly asked by a student what she thought was the earliest sign of a civilized society. There…


Did Margaret Mead Think a Healed Femur Was the Earliest Sign of Civilization?

SAPIENS , June 16th, 2022

An anthropologist digs into the origins of a popular story attributed to Margaret Mead about the original sign of civilization. ✽ According to a commonly shared story, the…


What the Discovery of Denisovan Remains in Laos Means

Kira Westaway, Mike W. Morley, and Renaud Joannes-Boyau , June 7th, 2022

The Tam Ngu Hao 2 Cave in Laos held Denisovan remains—the first ever found in Southeast Asia, showing the expansive geographical reach of this hominin species. Fabrice Demeter/University…


What the Vai Script Reveals About the Evolution of Writing

Piers Kelly , May 19th, 2022

This handwritten example of Vai script dates to around 1850. British Library/Wikimedia Commons In a small West African village, a man named Momolu Duwalu Bukele had a compelling…


Busting Myths About Sex and Gender

Agustin Fuentes , May 11th, 2022

The belief that males are aggressive while females are nurturing is a dangerous myth. Evgeny Tchebotarev/Pexels Excerpted from the second edition of Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They…


Untangling Race From Hair

Hannah Seo , March 9th, 2022

Descriptions of hair have long been knotted with false notions of race, but new research points to empowering ways of viewing this emotionally charged physical trait. D3sign/Getty Images …


What’s the Appeal of Deep Voices in Men?

Marta Zaraska , February 14th, 2022

Deep voices, like singer Barry White’s bass-baritone, are seen as appealing across a variety of cultures and sexual identities. POP-EYE/ullstein bild/Getty Images For many people, Barry W…


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…