We tend to think of archaeological sites as dead silent – empty ruins left by past cultures. But this isn't how the people who lived in and used these sites would have experienced them.
Larger brains lead to a broader social network.
There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
The Japanese sex-toy market for men includes a curious category of objects: pillows. These "bodies" create a paradoxal link between desire and sleep.
Currency first hit the scene thousands of years ago. An anthropologist explains the early origins and uses of money – and how archaeological finds fill in our picture of the past.
Our huge brains help maintain complex social relationships, suggests research.
Luxury is a global phenomenon present in all societies in various forms.
How a simple bacterium traveled across time and space to become Japan's latest food fad.
We can't observe the brain activity of extinct human species. But we can observe modern brains doing the things that our distant ancestors did, looking for clues about how ancient brains worked.
A century-old case of scientific fraud illustrates how hard it is to untangle the truth when access to new discoveries is limited.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
The Dani people were part of a thriving agricultural society long before Westerners 'discovered' them in the 1930s.
Robots are strange creatures, and not only because they might steal our jobs. We humans actually have good reason to be a little worried about these machines.
A 'witch hunt' is what Trump called investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. An anthropologist explains the connection between witch hunts and social control.
Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog. But research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.
Anthropologists gather clues about how our ancient ancestors lived from their teeth. What will future anthropologists make of us based on the fossilized pearly whites we'll leave behind?
If people fall for Trump's idea that we live in a constant crisis, they'll never be able to think clearly enough to save themselves.
His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
New ways of using forensic science in anthropology have been developed to advance our understanding of the past.
At many Spanish missions in the US and Latin America, the rising sun illuminates the altar on the winter solstice or other symbolic days. To the faithful, these events meant that Christ was with them.