Tag: human evolution

New project in evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology

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…

Five Questions for Anna Goldfield

In this free live event, Yoli Ngandali, SAPIENS Media & Public Outreach Fellow, asks Anna Goldfield five questions about human evolutionary biology and Neanderthals. Anna Goldfield holds a Ph.D….

What Anthropology Teaches Us about COVID-19

Lesson 1: Like the ducks and brants my husband and I see congregating regularly by the dozens along the shore’s edge of Narraganssett Bay near our coastal home,…

The Irresponsible Neanderthal

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…

Where Do We Come From?

The idea that a single population was the ancestor of all living humans is neat and convenient, but it is not consistent with the data. The origin of…

Through Dappled Light

Homo naledi hints at the wonders of what we have yet to learn about human evolution. A common teaching analogy in paleoanthropology is that of the drunk looking…

Great Ape Haters

 Isaiah Nengo on racist tweets, evolutionary misconceptions, and his ancient ape skull discovery. In a tweet from 2013, Roseanne Barr called former United Nations National Security Advisor Susan…

Who First Buried the Dead?

The skeleton on the left is “Lucy,” an Australopithecus afarensis that is 3.2 million years old. The one on the right is a Homo naledi called “Neo,” which…

The Biological Fallacy of American’s Race Problem #MeadCompetition

I love my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. I’m sure you’ve heard about Baltimore lately, with its sagging school system, serving a mainly African-American population; its yet again exploding…

Homo naledi represents incredible new find

  The next cover of National Geographic will feature a very exciting development in the world of physical anthropology, with the story of the discovery of Homo naledi,…

BBC: "Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art"

Indonesian archaeology briefly made the news this week with a story about rock art from Sulawesi. The art, which includes the oldest known figurative drawing in the world…