Karen Danner

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Shit — Cultural Anthropology

Most people living in modern industrial (and postindustrial) cities have very limited responsibilities when it comes to the management of their most …

Giraffe genome sheds light on treetop grazers’ evolution

Giraffes: they’re weird!<p>These spindly creatures have necks so long that their bodies are studies in brilliant adaptation. Their torsos are stunted to …

From Apes to Humans: Understanding Our Physical Evolution - The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Article

It may be a little humbling to learn that according to scientists, humans’ genetic blueprint is 98.8 percent the same as that of our distant relative, the chimpanzee. Both your X chromosome and that of a chimp contain about 1,100 genes, the sets of instructions that determine our traits, and human …

Evolution

A Long, Complicated Battle Over 9,000-Year-Old Bones Is Finally Over

Last week, there was a big development in the long-running, bitter, complicated battle over a 9,000-year-old set of bones known variously as "Kennewick Man" or "The Ancient One," depending on whom you ask.<p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the ancient bearer of the bones is genetically …

Anthropology

New research suggests climate change may have contributed to extinction of Neanderthals

A researcher at the University of Colorado Denver has found that Neanderthals in Europe showed signs of nutritional stress during periods of extreme …

‘Slam-dunk’ find puts hunter-gatherers in Florida 14,500 years ago

Big game hunters of the Clovis culture may have just gotten the final blow to their reputation as North America’s earliest settlers. At least 1,000 …

Archaeology of the Undead

The many precautions people have taken to keep corpses in their graves<p>Twenty-seven thousand years ago, in a stone-age village fenced in by mammoth bones, three young people were buried together, their bodies covered by burnt spruce logs and branches. A woman, disfigured perhaps by some congenital …

Nature vs. Nuture? Both are important, anthropologist argues

Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do …

The dangerous drift from our tribal roots

<i>Philip Caputo is the author of 15 books. His new novel, “Deliver Us From Evil,” comes out in 2017.</i><p>Sebastian Junger begins his new book, “Tribe,” with an observation about a peculiar phenomenon in frontier America: From the late 17th to the late 19th century, hundreds of white settlers were seized …

Social Sciences

Fossils reveal human farmers migrated BACK to Africa from Europe 3,000 years ago

Forget out of Africa! Fossils reveal human farmers migrated BACK to the continent from Europe 3,000 years ago to populate it<p><b>Remains of 35,000 woman</b> …

Anthropology

Vikings, Worms, and Emphysema

<b>The woeful state</b> of Viking bathrooms could be a factor behind smokers’ coughs in Scandinavia. Sometimes in human evolution, populations adapt in ways …

Oldest known axe discovered in Australia, claim researchers

Small fragment found in cave believed to date from a tool created up to 49,000 years ago<p>It is about the size of a thumbnail and might look like any old piece of rock, but scientists say it is a fragment of the oldest axe ever discovered, created up to 49,000 years ago.<p>Found in Australia, it further …

Anthropology

Archaeologists discover ancient, extinct species of bison buried at Old Vero Site

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Nestled in between the county administration buildings in Vero Beach, the Old Vero site has long provided a glimpse into our …

Unusual Native American ceremonial site unearthed in Ohio

Native Americans in Northern Ohio constructed a detailed ceremonial site 2,300 years ago that may have been used to celebrate life and observe the cosmos, according to archaeologists who spent five years excavating there.<p>The archaeologists, from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the …

Archaeology

Underwater archaeologists unearth ancient butchering site

Tools and bones from Florida could put to rest the ‘Clovis-first’ theory of America’s colonization.<p>Scuba-diving archaeologists have unearthed …

The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt Had 8-Foot-Long Prenups

Detail from the right side of an ancient Egyptian annuity contract. (Photo: Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago)<p>Eight …

University of Chicago

Scientists in a race to learn the origin of man’s best friend

The scientists travelled hundreds of kilometres along the ancient Chinese rivers, looking for dogs. With 27 million pet pooches in China, finding one wasn't hard.<p>But the scientists weren't after kennel club champions or paragons of obedience. They wanted dogs with history, the kind hidden in their …

How London became Britain's capital has been revealed for the first time

A brutal blood-soaked bid to wipe London off the map was a key factor that led to the city first emerging as Britain's capital.<p>New archaeological …

Skull condition thought extinct is actually widespread, research finds

Some forensic anthropologists thought the skull condition called cribra orbitalia was a thing of the past -- but new research finds that it not only …