Anthropology

  • Gender roles influence economic expectations

    Women expect higher rates of inflation than men.

    Socialised gender norms may influence the economic expectations men and women have. A recent study published in PN...

    Behaviour May 25, 2021
  • Humans can have more or less than 150 friends

    A new paper questions the validity of Dunbar’s number, which places a limit on social interactions.

    You may have heard that the human brain can manage social relationships with about 150 people. Or perhaps you heard 2...

    Anthropology May 5, 2021
  • Homo sapiens: the water-saving ape

    Humans evolved to run on less water than primate relatives.

    It’s an age-old question in evolution: how did humans become the dominant primate, able to venture out from tropical ...

    Behaviour March 6, 2021
  • Neanderthals were capable of human speech

    Detailed and long-running research shows that our closest ancestor talked and heard.

    The closest ancestor to modern humans – Neanderthals – were capable of understanding and producing human speech, acco...

    Anthropology March 2, 2021
  • Oldest Australian rock painting

    A kangaroo painting is now Australia’s oldest known rock art.

    An image of a kangaroo has been identified as Australia’s oldest known rock painting, dated to over 17,000 years old....

    Archaeology February 23, 2021
  • Brain buster

    Genes help explain differences between Neanderthal and human brains.

    Researchers have identified a mutated gene that appears to be responsible for a large disparity between Neanderthal a...

    Anthropology February 12, 2021
  • Neanderthals: Gut stubborn

    Some useful human microorganisms have long, long histories.

    Humans and Neanderthals could have more in common than just DNA – we also might share the microorganisms in our gut. ...

    Anthropology February 8, 2021
  • Rainfall in a nutshell

    Scraps of meals yield millennia-long history of Top End climate.

    Across the world, it’s what humans and other organisms have left behind that’s advanced our understanding of the Eart...

    Anthropology January 27, 2021
  • Anthropocene: Lessons from the past

    Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?

    The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...

    Culture January 19, 2021
  • Venus figurines: Shaped for the times

    Researchers offer new theory on Venus figurines.

    The enigmatic Venus figurines, one of world's earliest known examples of art, are the subject of much conjecture. ...

    Anthropology December 2, 2020
  • History

    Franz Boas takes a new look at race

    Maverick anthropologist changed our view of humanity.

    Franz Uri Boas has been described as “the father of the field” of anthropology (The Atlantic), the professor who “pio...

    Anthropology September 18, 2020
  • Clues to cultivation in the Torres Strait

    Study sheds new light on old horticultural practices.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had a history of skilfully resourcing food and managing the land long be...

    Anthropology August 11, 2020
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