Anthropology

Ancient hominids were too lazy to survive

<i>Homo erectus</i>, the species modern humans may have evolved from, had a good run — literally. These hominids walked upright, ran long distances and made …

Humanity

Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes 'practical atheism'

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that …

Pope Francis

What it’s like to identify the Borderlands’ dead

The young man was alive when he was left in the desert near Green Valley, Arizona. Perhaps he was making his first journey across the U.S.-Mexico …

Humanity

A New Book from Duke’s Doctorate of Ministry Program

Some of my most rewarding teaching experiences have been in the Duke Doctor of Ministry program. This summer I took over as Director of the program. …

Faith

Enough Is Never Enough: Generation Wealth

Hedge fund managers, beauty pageant tweens, plastic surgery addicts, and a perfect recreation of the palace of Versailles deep in the Florida swamp. …

Hedge Funds

How This Anthropologist Is Assisting Entrepreneurs In France

Michelle Mielly, a development anthropologist and culture specialist, has not only pivoted professionally but geographically as well. She has been active in the field of anthropological development in both Costa Rica and the Ivory Coast where she has led projects for youth development and …

Entrepreneurship

Grayson Perry’s new documentary series Rites of Passage airs next week on Channel 4

British viewers are in for a treat next week when Channel 4 broadcasts the first in a brand new four-part series presented and devised by one of the …

Documentaries

Coming Together

<b>The Garden Party</b> <b>by Grace Dane Mazur</b> <br>Published by Random House, 212 pages, $27<p>Written in a beautifully slithering and silky style, the latest novel …

Boston

The first traces of Palaeolithic man have been found 550 miles above the Arctic Circle on the mysterious ancient land bridge of Beringia that used to link Russia and America

The first traces of Palaeolithic man have been found on the ancient land bridge – now mostly sunken – which once joined Russia and America, say …

Humanity

The Science of Good Sex: An Interview with Zhana Vrangalova

<i>Dividing her time between researching sexuality as New York University’s Adjunct Professor of Psychology and educating the public through her</i> …

Philosophy

Mummy's home: 2,000-year-old remains heading back to Peru after 6 decades in Texas museum

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 2,000-year-old mummy that has been in the Corpus Christi Science and History Museum's possession for more than 60 years will finally make its way home.<p>Jillian Becquet, a collections manager for the museum, and Madeline Fontenot, its assistant director of education, began …

Archaeology

Remains of Fort Wayne sailor at Pearl Harbor identified

Officials say the remains of a U.S. Navy sailor from Fort Wayne who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified and will be …

Pearl Harbor

The story of British Pakistani men, told by a native informant

BBC's 'Lost Boys?' is a lazy reproduction of racist, culturally essentialist stereotypes approved by an 'insider'.<p>Two nights ago I found myself gripped by BBC Two's new, "Lost Boys? What's Going Wrong for Asian Men?" presented by Mehreen Baig. I was initially dubious that a one-hour documentary …

European News

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BETWEEN 900 and 1200 a group of native Americans lived in Chaco Canyon, in what is now north-western New Mexico. They were part of the peoples known …

Humanity

The cinematic legacy of prehistoric life continues to thrive over a century later, while rarely offering an accurate reflection of human nature

In the 1914 short <i>His Prehistoric Past,</i> Charlie Chaplin falls asleep on a bench and wakes up in an anthropological dream dressed in a bearskin toga – …

Prehistory

N.B. soldier who died during First World War to be buried in France

Four Canadian soldiers killed during First World War – including a soldier who fought with a New Brunswick regiment – will be given a military …

World History

Novelist Geoff Dyer on the joys of his bargain-basement wedding | Financial Times

I’ve been to quite a lot of weddings, all of them enjoyable, some lavish and a few low-cost, but I have never been to one as lacklustre as my own. It …

Weddings

China Focus: Archaeologists explore prehistoric ruins at west Tibet - Xinhua

LHASA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A group of archaeologists are leading field explorations of prehistoric ruins in the high-altitude region of sparsely …

Archaeology

The Neogene Record of Northern South American Native Ungulates

Juan D. Carrillo, Eli Amson, Carlos Jaramillo, Rodolfo Sánchez, Luis Quiroz, Carlos Cuartas, Aldo F. Rincón, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra …

South America

Our Hubris Will Be Our End

You can walk to the beach from where we are staying. It’s a long peel of dun-colored sand bordered by tidy rainbow summer houses, monotonous black and white condos and monstrous blue McMansions that blister the length of the Delmarva Peninsula. On the other side of the sand lies the heaving, …

Opinion

Tools Offer More Complex, Cooperative Picture of Easter Island Society

Easter Island, the 64-square-mile speck in the Pacific Ocean also known as Rapa Nui, was once the poster child for “ecocide.”<p>According to the theory, …

Humanity

The Zero-Sum Economy: Automation & BS Jobs

The anthropologist David Graeber has argued that as much as 30% of all work is performed in bullshit jobs, which are unnecessary to produce truly …

Automation

Foot fossils suggest when primates went bipedal

Adaptations for bipedal walking in primates occurred as early as 4.4 million years ago, according to new research.<p>The feet of primates function as …

Science

Evolution of the Big Toe Studied

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN—According to a <i>BBC News</i> report, Peter Fernandez of Marquette University led a team of researchers who made 3-D scans of the toe …

Humanity

In the wings: Moxie explores a complex moment from history in 'Venus'

In the early 1800s, Europeans gathered to gawk at Saartjie Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman from South Africa who had been dubbed the “Hottentot Venus” and …

San Diego

Human skeletal remains found in west Houston storage unit

Image 1of/1<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Police are investigating after human skeletal remains were discovered inside a self-storage unit in west Houston Tuesday.<p>The …

San Francisco Bay Area

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson) (Volume 3) by Jennifer S. Alderson

Art, religion, and anthropology collide in this exhilarating and suspenseful thriller! When a famous American anthropologist’s journal is found …

Writing

Creating tapestries of sound

Passing through Mumbai last week was Japanese composer Yasuhiro Morinaga. Arts aficionados in India would know of him through his collaborations with …

Film Festivals

Rare Evidence Found of a 2,000-Year-Old Roman Crucifixion

While it’s debatable whether it’s the cruelest or most painful form of execution, there’s no doubt that crucifixion is by far the most famous way to …

Archaeology

DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples

Culturally important macaws were traded far outside their natural range.<p>Lots of macaw parrot skeletons and feathers have turned up at human …

Humanity