Ethnicity, heritage, ancestry... These are all terms that I have had the pleasure of convoluting and deconstructing thanks to my cultural anthropology classes. But really when you get to the biology of it all, it is not as complicated. If you didn't quite jump on National Geographic's Genographic Project train and have been curious about... Continue Reading →

Bone Socks: the Perfect Anthropology Gift

This post will come off as a cheezy late night TV advertisement but I write for those out there lucky enough to have a anthropology buff in the family or circle of friends, because then you know how hard it is to find a gift for them. Other than books, there's really not much out... Continue Reading →

My Two-Cents on Chororapithecus abyssinicus

Another quickie, I've read the Chororapithecus abyssinicus paper and wrote up a blog post again over at since we're dealing with primate evolution. Even so, this paper has some applications to anthropology, especially since it raises some questions about mistakes in molecular clock calibrations. If you wanna learn about how enamel-dentin junction is important... Continue Reading →

Chororapithecus abyssinicus in brief

Since has been getting all the lovin' recently, I figure I'd post an introduction to the controversy surrounding a new paleoanthropological find from Suwa et al. and their new gorilla like Miocene great ape over at our sister blog, Please, jump on over there and chime in what you think of this study.

The Influence of Pronouns in Brain Function

A neat little study from the University of South Carolina touches on both linguistic anthropology and neuroscience, specifically the importance of pronouns in keeping the brain from becoming overloaded. From Science Daily, "The brain responds to proper names by creating a representation of the person in the mind, drawing from various parts of the brain... Continue Reading →

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