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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…


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Five Turning Points in the Evolution of Wine

Christopher Howard , May 31st, 2022


Archaeologists have investigated Greek wine containers shipwrecked in the Mediterranean. Cristian Umili/Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images Contrary to popular belief, the evolution of wine …


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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…


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Can There Be More African Paleoanthropologists?

Linda Nordling , September 28th, 2021


Paleoanthropologist Isaiah Nengo, director of science for the Turkana Basin Institute (in a white shirt), oversees a dig site in Turkana County, Kenya. David Gottlieb Aoron Eipa Emmanuel,…


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Finding and Losing the World’s Oldest Art in Sulawesi

Franco Viviani , April 27th, 2021


These handprints were made by blowing pigment around a hand placed against the wall in Sumpang Bita Cave, Sulawesi. Franco Viviani In 2019, I made a trip to…


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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…


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Did Processed Foods Make Us Human?

Keridwen Cornelius , November 24th, 2020


Anthropologist Bill Schindler uses techniques developed thousands of years ago to prepare fresh-caught salmon during the filming of National Geographic’s The Great Human Race. Luke Cormack …


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Early Humans Controlled Fire to Make Stone Tools

Mohammed El-Said , October 15th, 2020


Researchers found these ancient flint blades in Israel’s Qesem Cave. Filipe Natalio Humanity’s creation and mastery of fire likely came in stages. Being able to reliably kindle this…


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A Mammoth Find Near Mexico City

Pablo Hernández Mares , October 1st, 2020


Archaeologists, restorers, and laborers have worked together to uncover thousands of late Pleistocene animal remains. Melitón Tapia, National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico …


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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…


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Humans in 2019—From Discoveries to Disasters

Nicola Jones , December 20th, 2019


This image shows various views of the pinky bone of a Denisovan-Neanderthal hybrid found in Siberia. Thomas Higham/University of Oxford Denisovan Deluge This year brought a host of…


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Should the Story of Homo’s Dispersal Out of Africa Be Rewritten?

Richard Kemeny , September 19th, 2019


Researchers excavate in Jordan’s Zarqa Valley. Fabio Parenti Giancarlo Scardia was in Jordan in 2013 as the Syrian Civil War ground on. He recalls seeing refugees gathered in…


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The Knotty Question of When Humans Made the Americas Home

Megan Gannon , September 4th, 2019


Modern footprints in the sand echo far more ancient ones found on a beach off the coast of Canada. Joanne McSporran/PLOS ONE Humans have long found comfort on…


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Stone Age Myths We’ve Made Up

Stephen E. Nash , July 19th, 2019


When most members of the general public think of the Stone Age, they probably envision an adult male hominin wielding a stone tool. That picture is laughably incomplete….


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The Neanderthal Arm—Hints About Handedness

Anna Goldfield , July 11th, 2019


The human body is often visualized as a symmetrical form: Picture the geometric precision of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic drawing of a man’s proportions encased by a circle…


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The Neanderthal Arm—Hints About Handedness

Anna Goldfield , July 11th, 2019


The human body is often visualized as a symmetrical form: Picture the geometric precision of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic drawing of a man’s proportions encased by a circle…


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Would Our Early Ancestors Have Watched the Super Bowl?

Christopher D. Lynn , January 31st, 2019


[no-caption] Nigel Renny/Flickr “It’s not your fault you watch football all day—man has always been captivated by watching stuff,” states a Coke Zero commercial that aired during the…


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Visitor Log Chronicled for the Denisovan Family Home

Nicola Jones , January 30th, 2019


Tooth pendants (one pictured here), along with other artifacts discovered at Denisova Cave, mark the earliest evidence of human ornamentation—between 43,000 and 49,000 years ago—in northern Eurasia. …


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Sewing Needles Reveal the Roots of Fashion

Jacob Pagano , January 25th, 2019


[no-caption] F. d’Errico/L. Doyon The Inya River in southwestern Siberia winds through a landscape of striking seasonal changes. In the summer, crystal clear waters lap below alpine forests….


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Who Decided It Was Bad to Be Fat?

Stephen E. Nash , January 11th, 2019


In 2009, supermodel Kate Moss caused a stir when she categorically stated that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” As jaw-dropping as the sentiment might have seemed…


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Fat Gets No Respect (But That Should Change)

Daniel Salas , January 9th, 2019


Every human has it. But nearly every human society sees it differently. Fat. What purpose does it serve? In this video, a collaboration between SAPIENS and Aeon, anthropological…


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Why Don’t More Humans Eat Bugs?

Esther Landhuis , November 30th, 2018


Ten years ago, toiling in scorching heat on the parched Fongoli savanna in southeast Senegal, anthropologist Julie Lesnik faced an unpalatable task. She had to taste a termite….


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As Seas Rise, Ancient Footprints Are Revealed

Andrew Curry , August 2nd, 2018


Archaeologists are uncovering footprints on beaches from Canada to South Africa. The oldest human footprints, one of which is shown here, were found in Tanzania and date back…


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How Human Smarts Evolved

Douglas Fox , July 27th, 2018


[no-caption] Sara López Gilabert/SAPIENS Suzana Herculano-Houzel spent most of 2003 perfecting a macabre recipe—a formula for brain soup. Sometimes she froze the jiggly tissue in liquid n…


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