Anthropology

Chinese Eugenics Upside: It Reduced The Education Gap Among Women

Much has been made of Chinese student achievement test scores, but inconvenient confounders are often ignored, such as that Chinese learn by rote. No teach in America wants to do that. Teachers are poorly paid and clean their own toilets. And only elite ki ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 13 2020 - 8:00am

The Alternative Facts Of Ancient Greece

In an age of deepfakes and alternative facts, it can be tricky getting at the truth. But persuading others – or even yourself – what is true is not a challenge unique to the modern era. Even the ancient Greeks had to confront different realities. ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 25 2020 - 7:30am

The Mystery Of Russia's Ancient Bone Circles

In Ukraine and the west Russian Plain, there remain mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths long ago.  About 70 of them are known to exist. One, outside the modern village of Kostenki 250 miles south of Moscow, has been dated to ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 16 2020 - 11:32pm

Extinction: Maybe Cro-Magnon Wiped Out Neanderthals After All

Why is Homo neanderthalensis gone while Homo sapiens have bent the world to our will?  In recent years, there has been speculation that climate change wiped out Neanderthal people, or interbreeding with us, since many of us have DNA shared by Neanderthals ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 20 2020 - 1:02pm

Native Americans Were Siberians First

 Isotope analysis, ancient pathogen genomics, plus a dash of human population genetics have revealed the deeper connection to date between the early peoples of Siberia and the Americas.  During the Early Bronze Age, people were expanding.  ...

Article - News Staff - May 20 2020 - 3:04pm

Coronavirus Coverage Has Caused People To Stop Using Corporate News

When the coronavirus pandemic really started to take hold in the UK in March, news consumption increased, as in many other countries. But, since then, our research shows that an increasing share of the UK population is switching off from the news. ...

Article - The Conversation - May 28 2020 - 5:31am

'Stars With Flames Like Hair'- Comets As Portents Of Doom In The Middle Ages

On August 30 2019, a comet from outside our solar system was observed by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov at the MARGO observatory in Crimea. This was only the second time an interstellar comet had ever been recorded. Comet 19 or C/2019 Q4, as it is now ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 27 2020 - 6:01am