Anthropology

Ice Age Isolation Led To 'Fourth Strand' Of European Ancestry

Human remains dating back to the Late Upper Palaeolithic period over 13,000 years ago has revealed a previously unknown "fourth strand" of ancient European ancestry.  This new lineage stems from populations of hunter-gatherers that split from we ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 16 2015 - 8:50am

Syria Conflict Has Changed The Rules About Attacking Hospitals

In civilized war, as oxymoronic as it sounds, hospitals have a cultural bubble around them, neutral territory and off limits.  But in Syria, that bubble has burst dozens of times, according to a new report from the group Physicians for Human Rights. The h ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 18 2015 - 7:14pm

Like Human Civilization? Thank Our Evil Side

The speed and character of human dispersals changed significantly around 100,000 years ago, and our dark side deserves a thanksgiving for that; a new paper suggests that betrayals of trust were the missing link in understanding the rapid spread of our spe ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 25 2015 - 8:33am

Millet: The Missing Link In Prehistoric Humans' Transition From Hunter-gatherer To Farmer

New research shows a cereal familiar today as birdseed was carried across Eurasia by ancient shepherds and herders laying the foundation, in combination with the new crops they encountered, of 'multi-crop' agriculture and the rise of settled soc ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 6 2018 - 4:29pm

Small Talk Could Serve An Evolutionary Need To Bond With Others

We think of small talk as a way to pass the time or kill an awkward silence but a group of evolutionary psychologists are suggesting that these idle conversations could be a social-bonding tool passed down through evolution- well, in their press release t ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2015 - 9:36am

Then And Now: Religion And Politics Mean Social Tension And Conflict

Though we like to think we are more enlightened, advanced or progressive than in the past, it really isn't so. We aren't all that different from 2,000 years ago- kids were kids, parents worried the new generation would doom society, and people f ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2015 - 2:57pm

Crows On Film: Fashioning Tools Or Anthropomorphism?

Scholars say video recordings show that tropical corvids fashion complex tools in the wild. The team attached tiny video 'spy-cameras'  to the crows to observe their natural foraging behavior and say there were two instances of hooked stick tool ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 23 2015 - 9:02am

Holly, Ivy And Other Pagan Practices Of Christmas

Every year, almost without thinking about it, we incorporate certain plant species into our Christmas celebrations. The most obvious is the Christmas tree, linked historically in England to Prince Albert – but its use in British homes goes back to at leas ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 24 2015 - 10:52am

Parents Play A Role In Preventing Teen Fighting

Nearly 25 percent of all teens reported being involved in a physical fight in the past year, with higher rates of violent altercations among African-American and Latin-American adolescents than European-American ones. To find out why, scholars writing in  ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 30 2015 - 2:42pm

Why Americans Can Never Be Happy- Genes?

For as much time as Americans spend saying it is the greatest country on Earth, a whole lot of people worry about creating safe spaces where free expression is not allowed, or protesting the behavior of people they don't like. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 17 2016 - 12:25pm