Anthropology

  • Census data gap is a blow for LGBTIQ+ research

    2021 Census asks no questions about LGBTIQ+ communities – with big impacts for research and healt...

    The Census is of the most vital tools we have to collect data at a population level, capturing a snapshot of millions...

    Anthropology August 10, 2021
  • How to give a Neanderthal a blood transfusion

    More information about modern human ancestors emerges from a genetic study of blood types.

    It began as a joke. A paleoanthropologist, a geneticist and a blood specialist were hanging around an espresso machin...

    Anthropology July 29, 2021
  • Surge in climate-related deaths predicted

    Studies reveal a drop in cold-related deaths, but growing numbers of people dying from heat.

    Two new studies out today in The Lancet Planetary Health reveal the stark reality of climate-related mortality, showi...

    Anthropology July 8, 2021
  • Human colonisation could have helped Fijian bees flourish

    Anthropogenic impacts on ecology not all bad.

    Homalictus fijiensis, female of the species. Credit: James Dorey Australian researchers have used DNA analysis to ...

    Animals June 29, 2021
  • Meet the new relative: ‘Dragon Man’

    A 150,000-year-old skull provides a link to a new human species.

    Research into an impeccably preserved skull, known as the Harbin cranium, has suggested it might belong to a new huma...

    Palaeontology June 26, 2021
  • Denisova DNA yields more secrets

    DNA extracted from sediments in Siberia’s Denisova Cave adds more pieces to the human evolution p...

    One of the great human evolution detective stories has had a chapter added, with the release of new DNA evidence extr...

    Anthropology June 24, 2021
  • 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
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