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Africa, the homeland of our species – Homo sapiens – harbours greater human genetic diversity than any other part of…
Green in tooth and claw

5 days ago

Go ahead, take a big bite. Hard plant foods may have made up a larger part of early…
Digging into diets

December 26, 2019

New research from anthropologists at McMaster and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), is shedding light on ancient…
Study finds new human ancestor, earliest evidence of walking on two legs

November 11, 2019

Our upright posture may have originated in a common ancestor of humans and great apes who lived in…
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Scientists link Neanderthal extinction to human diseases

November 11, 2019

Growing up in Israel, Gili Greenbaum would give tours of local caves once inhabited by Neanderthals and wonder…
Ancient Migrations

September 13, 2019

Analysis of ancient DNA is revolutionizing our understanding of the deep past. Now new work is illuminating the…
Sometimes you feel like a nut

August 7, 2019

Despite their large body size, gorillas are known to have a vegetarian diet consisting almost exclusively of leafy…
Hunters-gatherers allow children to learn on their own through play and imitation

August 2, 2019

We often talk about hunter-gatherer communities as something from the past. However, many of them are still around.…
UTA anthropologist studies ancient submerged settlements in Great Lakes

July 11, 2019

Water covers nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface, and one researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington is…
Study suggests fresh water was key to Easter Island’s monuments

January 21, 2019

Fresh water was hard to find, but where it emerged on Easter Island in the South Pacific was…
Why does it take humans so long to mature compared to other animals? Look to your neurons!

November 8, 2018

New Vanderbilt research finds how long humans and other warm-blooded animals live—and when they reach sexual maturity—may have…
Study of bonobos finds that day care pays off for the babysitters

June 21, 2018

Drawn to a behavior she didn’t understand, a UO researcher watching bonobos in a zoo has revealed how…
New study may put a cap on the mystery of Easter Island’s hats

June 12, 2018

A happenstance conversation in 2015 between a UO undergraduate anthropology student with his UO physics professor may have…
Study: Two ancient populations that diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’

June 1, 2018

A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations…
Anthropologist Plots New Use for Motion-Capture Technology

May 31, 2018

Jar Jar Binks and Gollum: Two characters hailing from entirely disparate cinematic universes, yet linked in perpetuity by…
A virtual world for an ancient society

May 25, 2018

One student wields a bow and arrow, another a stone axe. A third lies in a hammock. It’s…
Radiocarbon dating reveals mass grave did date to the Viking age

February 12, 2018

Although the remains were initially thought to be associated with the Vikings, radiocarbon dates seemed to suggest the…
Anthropology is much more than just digging up bones

January 16, 2018

There are 119 board-certified forensic anthropologists in the country and only one in the state of Nevada. Assistant…
Life Lessons

May 5, 2017

Backpacking around South America after completing his Ph.D. dissertation research in Paraguay, anthropologist Michael Gurven learned about an…
Anthropological project refines 3-D modeling

January 11, 2017

As evidenced by the pop culture phenomenon Pokemon Go, augmented reality is here. But imagine using an application…
The pyrophilic primate

April 13, 2016

Fire, a tool broadly used for cooking, constructing, hunting and even communicating, was arguably one of the earliest…
Identity Unearthed

March 2, 2016

In a middle-class tomb just east of the Nile River in what was Upper Nubia, a woman offers…
Rainforest Cowboys

September 3, 2015

Anthropologist Jeffrey Hoelle is as great an advocate of the Amazonian rainforest as the most ardent environmentalist. However,…
Share and Share Alike

August 20, 2015

Throughout human history, anthropologists say, reciprocity has been one of the basic foundations of social life. Share and…
Old World Monkey Had Tiny, Complex Brain

July 12, 2015

The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time.…
What Has Santa Got to Do With Climate Change?

July 9, 2015

An August 2012 edition of The New Yorker magazine adopted an unseasonal topic for its front cover: Santa…
Tool use is ‘innate’ in chimpanzees but not bonobos, their closest evolutionary relative

June 17, 2015

First evidence for a species difference in the innate predisposition for tool use in our closest evolutionary cousins…
Modern human dispersal into Europe came from the Levant

June 2, 2015

A multinational team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany), working in…
‘Fracture’ Prints, Not Fingerprints, Help Solve Child Abuse Cases

May 9, 2015

Much like a finger leaves its own unique print to help identify a person, researchers are now discovering…
Humans Learned to Harness Fire Only 350,000 Years Ago, Study Shows

December 16, 2014

While most scientists agree that fire played a key role in human evolution, the exact time when it…
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