Anthropology

Pessimism Makes The Headlines But The World Is Getting Better

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Article - Eduard Petiška - Aug 30 2021 - 3:50pm

Like Western Civilization? Thank Dairy Farming

Not a lot is truly known about the cultural world of early mankind but one thing is settled; when food insecurity dropped and it became more affordable, in terms of time or money, culture flourished and expansion began. Domestication of animals and farming ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Sep 22 2021 - 12:14pm

The Liao River Valley Is The Birthplace Of 100 Trans-Eurasian Dialects And Languages

A new paper reaffirms how humankind's embrace of agriculture, and resulting lower 'cost' of food, led to a cultural boom that resulted in mass migration and many of the world's major language families. If you speak modern Japanese, Kor ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 10 2021 - 5:43pm

Health Disinformation Didn't Start With COVID-19, Lessons From The Past Can Help Combat It

Anti-vaccine sentiment is not new but from the 1950s until the late 1990s it was isolated small pockets of deniers. With claims that MMR vaccines, and then preservatives in vaccines, caused autism, the west coast of America became overrun with vaccine deni ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 14 2021 - 12:36pm

Single In America: What COVID-19 Has Changed About Dating Since 2020

A demographically representative sample of 5,000 single adults between the ages of 18 and 98 finds a big switch in a post-pandemic world; only 78 percent believe being physically attractive is most important, compared to 90 percent in 2020. And marriage is ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 22 2021 - 6:23pm

Millennials: Pets Are The New Kids, And Plants Are The New Pets

A survey of 1,111 Americans who own houseplants wanted to find out which varieties are most popular and how much people spend on the hobby, but they also found out how much they anthropomorphize their leafy little friends. During the pandemic, 68 percent o ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 22 2021 - 7:38pm

Maybe There Is No One True Native, Everyone Displaced Someone Else

People in Britain, from Scotland to Wales, may maintain a cultural identity, but how much of it is real versus an arbitrary social construct? How much should be decided by genes versus how people choose to identify? A new study opens up as many questions a ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 13 2022 - 11:15am

Women More Likely To Fake Orgams If Men Are Insecure In Their Masculinity

Women in sexual relationships with men whom they perceive as having more fragile masculine ideas change their own behavior to protect the feelings of the men. They reported more faked orgasms and lower sexual satisfaction the more they reported  their part ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 31 2022 - 12:54pm

Origin Of The 30,000-Year-Old Venus Of Willendorf Solved

One of the most important examples of early art in Europe, a 11 cm high figurine colloquially dubbed a 'Venus' and found in Willendorf, Austria, is made of a rock called "oolite" which is not found in or around Willendorf.  New high-res ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 28 2022 - 10:23am

Transition From Hunter-Gatherer To Agriculture: Population Replacement Or Culture Change?

The transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers and ranchers remains a subject of debate. In Europe, where that happened thousands of years ago, based largely on genetic studies, the prevailing view is that the "Neolithic transition" occurred mai ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 9 2022 - 2:36pm