Many hunter gatherers have a long history of egalitarianism.
Not all human societies throughout history have been patriarchal.
‘Trallib (Oil Container),’ by Norman Daly, 1970. Daily made this object with an orange juicer.
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Norman Daly’s 1972 exhibition, ‘The Civilization of Llhuros,’ presented fiction as fact – and reminded viewers of just how easily they could be duped.
The sun’s rays often feel good on your skin, but can cause serious damage.
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Our ancient ancestors didn’t have clothes or houses – but that constant exposure to the sun helped their skin protect itself from the worst sun damage.
Zhanna Dynaeva and Serhiy Dynaev stand with a cat inside their house, which was destroyed by Russian bombardment, in the village of Novoselivka, Ukraine, Aug. 13, 2022.
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An anthropologist explains how years of conflict have made Ukrainians reassess their priorities and relationships.
If you made it past early childhood, your chances got better to see your golden years.
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Nasty, brutish – but not necessarily short. Here’s how archaeologists know plenty of people didn’t die young.
Handwritten diaries and digital diaries both help preserve experiences and memories, but in different ways.
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As material objects, diaries give scholars an intimate look into their subjects’ lives, including handwriting and mementos. What if diaries in the future are nothing but insubstantial digital ghosts?
A 4-month-old baby girl is tended by her grandmother inside a church in Duekoue, Ivory Coast, in 2011.
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The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.
Men participate in a demonstration of rope making for dog teams, May 12, 2022, in Inukjuak, Que.
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The DIALOG network forms a bridge between scientific and Indigenous knowledge. It renews the relationship between the university and the Indigenous world, which has for too long been one-sided.
Perhaps what is most interesting about #Swedengate is not what it tells us about Sweden, but what it tells us about ourselves.
A family in northern Siberia watches – but decides not to hunt – a musk ox that wandered into the area where they live.
Traditional ecological knowledge, or TEK, can encompass science, medicine, ecology, religion and culture – and help protect the environment.
A man identified only as Viktor shows his neighbor’s grave in Bucha, Ukraine. It was too dangerous to go to the cemetery.
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Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.
Many researchers are interested in the genetic history of the Khoe-San.
The South African Khoe-San communities are no strangers to exploitative research. One research team is trying to provide genetic ancestry results to community members. But they still face many challenges.
Women offering Ukrainian refugees a place to stay in Berlin on Mar. 4, 2022.
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The Ukrainian crisis is probably the biggest crowdsourced humanitarian aid operation ever undertaken.
Lolampa, a Turkana herder, with his goats and sheep.
Uncertainty must be embraced and harnessed for the better because stability never lasts long.
Together with artifacts from the past, ancient DNA can fill in details about our ancient ancestors.
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A new study doubles the age of ancient DNA in sub-Saharan Africa, revealing how people moved, mingled and had children together over the last 50,000 years.
The Grotte Mandrin rock shelter saw repeated use by Neanderthals and modern humans over millennia.
Stone artifacts and a fossil tooth point to Homo sapiens living at Grotte Mandrin 54,000 years ago, at a time when Neanderthals were still living in Europe.
Chimpanzee female applying an insect to a wound on the face of an adult chimpanzee male
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How Rekambo chimpanzees demonstrate a number of ground breaking behaviours never seen before in animals.
Being able to perceive sweetness can guide foragers to the most calorie-rich picks.
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If you ever feel like you can’t stop eating sugar, you are responding precisely as programmed by natural selection. What was once an evolutionary advantage has a different effect today.
If you aren’t a fan of holiday shopping, you aren’t alone.
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Gift-giving might seem needlessly cumbersome and stressful. But the costs and benefits of the custom aren’t what they seem.
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A new study finds more than one early human species lived on the landscape in Northern Tanzania 3.66 million years ago. But there are reasons to be cautious about the findings.