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How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

Vanishing Languages

Tuvan<p><i>The Compassion<br>of Khoj Özeeri</i><p><b>One morning</b> in early fall Andrei Mongush and his parents began preparations for supper, selecting a black-faced, fat-tailed sheep from their flock and rolling it onto its back on a tarp outside their livestock paddock. The Mongush family’s home is on the Siberian …

Piraha: Cognitive anumeracy in a language without numbers.

The Pirahã are an indigenous people, numbering around 700, living along the banks of the Maici River in the jungle of northwest Brazil. Their …

Hot Buttered Humanity

We also wanted to see if we could avoid the obstacles non-English-speaking anthropologists increasingly face in their attempts to contribute to our …

1,500 year old massacre found in Sweden

10/05/2013 03:00:00 PM<p>Archaeologists at Lund University have found what they describe as a moment frozen in time by a brutal massacre, leaving a fort …

Neanderthals, not modern humans, made first bone tools

9/21/2013 03:00:00 PM<p>One day in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius was sorting through tiny bone remnants in the University of California, …

After 2,500 Studies, It's Time to Declare Animal Sentience Proven (Op-Ed)

<i>Marc Bekoff, emeritus professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is</i> <i>one of the pioneering cognitive ethologists in the United States, a</i></i> …

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

As Fashion Week Ends, Pondering the Origins of Clothes

Our prehistoric ancestors didn't go for catwalk shows, but they had fashion sense.<p><b>As Fashion Week winds down in New York, scientists continue their own search for the very latest in ancient fashion—latest meaning oldest. They're asking one seemingly simple question: Who invented clothes anyway?</b><p>As …

Ancient Saharan rivers

'Beer goggle' study wins Ig Nobel award

<b>A team of researchers who found that people think they are more attractive when drinking alcohol, have scooped an Ig Nobel prize for their work.</b><p>The researchers from France and the US confirmed the "beer goggle effect" also works on oneself.<p>Ig Nobel awards are a humorous spoof-like version of their …

Ohio State University

Babies perk up to sounds of ancient hazards

Babies have an ear for primeval dangers, a new study suggests.<p>By age 9 months, infants pay special attention to sounds that have signaled threats to …

Research

Indiana Jones meets George Jetson

New, high-tech microplasma source excites matter in a controlled and efficient way, and may revolutionize how archaeologists date objects in the field<p>…

Neuroscientists show that monkeys can decide to call out or keep silent

"Should I say something or not?" Human beings are not alone in pondering this dilemma -- animals also face decisions when they communicate by voice. …

Humans Would Be Better Off If They Monkeyed Around Like the Muriquis

It’s 9 o’clock on a June morning in a muggy tropical forest not far from Brazil’s Atlantic coast and brown howler monkeys have been roaring for an …

On Becoming An Anthropologist (in 1970)

on becoming an anthropologist (in 1970)<p>Last month, while doing some deep cleaning in our anthropology lab, I came across a small booklet titled <i>On</i> …

Arlene Torres or Why Anthropology Still Matters (Part II)

As politicians continue to debate immigration policy, efforts to better grasp the particularities of life in diverse communities have become even more relevant.<p>To achieve this end, the National Parks Service is turning to anthropology as they seek to fulfill their local mission "to preserve and …

Humanities

Spread of farming and origin of lactase persistence in Neolithic Age

Scientists have brought to light the spread of dairy farming in Europe and the development of milk tolerance in adult humans. It was after the …

DNA reveals details of the peopling of the Americas

The first people to settle the Americas had a distinctive genetic style, and additional waves of migrants added regional flair, a new analysis of …

Anthropology

Archaeologists race to save Gaza's ancient ruins

8/20/2013 03:00:00 PM<p>The ruins of this ancient complex sit on dunes by the sea, a world away from Gaza City's noise and bustle. Up in the sky, birds …

Neolithic settlement in Poland reconstructed

8/20/2013 06:30:00 PM<p>The project is being carried out as an extension of the Open Air Archaeological Museum at the site.<p>“Biskupin's archaeological …

This Map, With a Dot for Every American, Shows the Country’s Racial Divisions

This is a map of every single American living in the United States—one dot for each person—broken down by the block they live on and their …

Anthropology postgraduate and master's courses in 2013

Study of the human species, its culture and history - may cover language, physiology, art and the organisation of society. More.<p>Anthropology<p>Click on any header to rank scores in order. Expenditure per student is ranked out of 10 and is based on full-time equivalent (FTE) study<p>Name of …

'Noble Savages': A Journey To Break The Mold Of Anthropology

When Napoleon Chagnon first saw the isolated Yanomamo Indian tribes of the Amazon in 1964, it changed his life forever. A young anthropologist from the University of Michigan, he was starting on a journey that would last a lifetime, and take him from one of the most remote places on earth to an …

President Obama Supports Scientific Integrity of Anthropology

<i>By Leith Mullings</i><p>As an anthropologist and president of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), I was especially gratified to hear President Barack Obama acknowledge the discipline of anthropology and support its scientific integrity. In a speech at the 150th anniversary of the National …

Peer Review

US Melting Pot Mostly a Myth, Poll Reveals

Is America really a melting pot? A recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos calls that myth into question.<p>The nationwide poll revealed that 40 percent of white …

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