Anthropology

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

Social Justice May Marginalize Women Of Color- By Assuming They're More Like Black Men Than White Women

Social justice warriors in the feminist movement often fail to advocate for the rights of black women, according to new research, and it's for a reason that highlights hidden bias problems in modern performative activism- social justice for the Instag ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 13 2020 - 4:35pm

Does Genomics Hold Back Advancement Against Racism In Medical Equality?

A new Hastings Report compilation is based on the notion that genomics are the reason we still have medical inequality. Since genomics is a field that exists to sequence our DNA content and therefore help understand disease, it seems odd to posit that it c ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jul 17 2020 - 1:24pm

The Ik People Of Mountain Uganda Are Not As 'Selfish' And 'Loveless' As 1960s Anthropologists Claimed

In a 1972 book, "The Mountain People", Colin Turnbull deemed the the Ik ethnic group of hunter-gatherers in the Uganda mountains  There was a huge confounder in his work that scientists would've noted immediately and now fellow anthropologis ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 27 2020 - 2:11pm

More Evidence That Emotional Expressions Are Universal

Are smiles, scowls, or sympathetic sighs universal across cultures? Studies from Namibia to Bhutan have attempted to find out, but the findings have been too inconsistent to take seriously. It may be because asking asking participants in a remote culture t ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 20 2020 - 2:49pm