Anthropology

Happiest places have highest suicide rates says new research

The happiest countries and happiest U.S. states tend to have the highest suicide rates, according to research from the UK’s University of Warwick, Hamilton College in New York and...

Small New Zealand population initiated rapid forest transition c. 750 years ago

Human-set fires by a small Polynesian population in New Zealand ~750 years ago may have caused fire-vulnerable forests...

We’re in this together: A pathbreaking investigation into the evolution of cooperative behaviour

Humans are much more inclined to cooperate than are their closest evolutionary relatives. The prevailing wisdom about why...

Rhythmic perception in humans has strong evolutionary roots

Rhythm is a fundamental aspect of music, dance and language. However, we do not know to what extent...

Is Humankind’s next stage of religious evolution here?

Robert Bellah, one of America's most distinguished sociologists, caps off his luminous academic career with Religion in Human...

New research exposes early humans’ ecological versatility

The origins of human genus have long been associated with savannah and grassland environments of Africa.  Due to this association, it was thought that...

Cultural artifacts serve as ‘cognitive fossils,’ helping uncover the psychology of the past

No two societies in history think exactly alike. In fact, the mindset of a given society throughout history can help historians unpack important clues...

Humans already used controlled fires 11,000 years ago

Hunter-gatherer human communities were already carrying out controlled fires 11,000 years ago to open up clearings and grazing areas for wild animals and thus...

Fossils tell tale of last primate to inhabit North America before humans

The story of Ekgmowechashala, the final primate to inhabit North America before Homo sapiens or Clovis people, reads like a spaghetti western: A grizzled...

The genetic heritage of the Denisovans may have left its mark on our mental health

A research team led by the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) has identified the most widespread genetic contribution by...

New study challenges the narrative that only men were hunters

It’s a familiar story to many of us: In prehistoric times, men were hunters and women were gatherers. Women were not physically capable of...
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