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Anthropology

All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person who most likely lived...
An international research team led by Kay Prüfer and Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has...
Cranial surgery is tricky business, even under 21st-century conditions (think aseptic environment, specialized surgical instruments and copious...
A human ancestor characterized by "robust" jaw and skull bones was a muscular creature with a gorilla-like upper body and more adaptive to its...
Human noses come in all shapes and sizes. But one feature seems to hold true: Men's noses are bigger than women's. A new study from the University...
The toothpick —an often unnoticed tool for post-meal rituals and appetizer stability—has played a greater role in our ancestors’ health and comfort...
It happens in military units, street gangs and even among athletes on sports teams. In some cultures, the rituals mark the transition from...
In Australia's Western Desert, Aboriginal hunters use a unique method that actually increases populations of the animals they hunt, according to a...
The search for a common ancestor linking modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago has been a compelling subject...
A newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe has been pitched as disproving a decades-old paradigm in human evolution. Its...

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