Latest anthropologist Stories

2012-05-23 23:00:55

"Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia” has Important Implications for Worldwide Care and Treatment Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012 The first film series to look at mental illness in the developing world was released today by documentary film company Elemental Productions. “Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia” (http://www.afflictionsfilmseries.com), is an award-winning compilation of six films about the lives of men, women and...

Image 1 - Were European Neanderthals Long Gone Before Humans Arrived?
2012-03-27 04:47:12

New research suggests Western European Neanderthals were likely to have been extinct long before humans arrived on the evolutionary scene. Long thought to be the birth place of Neanderthal evolution, Western Europe has been studied and researched by scientists and anthropologists to better understand our ancient forefathers. As these Neanderthals began to disappear around 30,000 years ago, anthropologists had estimated either climate changes or competition from early humans caused the...

2011-04-06 08:25:33

By Carol Clark, Emory University It's been a puzzle why our two closest living primate relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, have widely different social traits, despite belonging to the same genus. Now, a comparative analysis of their brains shows neuroanatomical differences that may be responsible for these behaviors, from the aggression more typical of chimpanzees to the social tolerance of bonobos. "What's remarkable is that the data appears to match what we know about the human brain and...

2011-02-09 11:29:39

Eight small teeth found in a cave near Rosh Haain, central Israel, are raising big questions about the earliest existence of humans and where we may have originated, says Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam. Part of a team of international researchers led by Dr. Israel Hershovitz of Tel Aviv University, Qaum and his colleagues have been examining the dental discovery and recently published their joint findings in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Excavated at Qesem...

2010-04-28 05:00:00

NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- StinkyJournalism is pleased to present "Rebutting Jared Diamond's Savage Portrait: What tribal societies can tell us about justice and liberty," the other side of a now infamous story that led to a lawsuit against The New Yorker and bestselling author Jared Diamond. It's the true story of revenge warfare in the Southern Highlands region of Papua New Guinea, one that has never before been published. It is also the un-sensationalized account of...

2009-08-03 17:59:47

Humans evolved from orangutans, not chimpanzees, a University of Pittsburgh anthropologist says, creating a furor in the chimp camp. Fossil evidence shows striking anatomical similarities between humans and orangs, including enamel molars, similar hairlines and shoulder blades, and even the ability to smile with lips closed, Jeffrey H. Schwartz and John Grehan, director of science at the Buffalo Museum, say in the Journal of Biogeography. Even our skulls and eyebrow bone structure more...

2008-09-13 03:00:10

By Bower, Bruce Recent changes in hearing-related genes may have influenced language development Imagine, for a moment, that you are smaller than a speck of dust and in the mood for some teeny-tiny sightseeing. It's a perfect opportunity to take a scenic trip to the inner ear. First, stroll up the ear canal. This is a fantasy, so no waxy buildup blocks the way. At the end of the fleshy tunnel, squeeze around the huge, circular membrane better known as the eardrum. Gingerly sidestep the...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.