Topic: Anthropology

November 1, 2016 Scary Monsters - A listener wonders why we fear irrational things when there are plenty of real threats out there.
October 24, 2016 Right-Handed Fossil - Analysis of a nearly two million-year-old jaw fossil from east Africa reveals clues to the evolution of the human brain.
September 15, 2016 Tree-Climbing People - The Twa people of Uganda climb trees with ease. A new study suggests that the trait may be the result of practical necessity.
September 8, 2016 Neolithic Woodworking - The discovery of ancient wooden wells in Germany reveals that Neolithic woodworking was more sophisticated than previously believed.
August 3, 2016 Smoke Resistance - A random mutation allowed our ancestors to stay relatively healthy despite exposure to toxic woodfire smoke.
July 12, 2016 Monkey Archaeology - Scientists find evidence of monkey tool use dating back seven centuries.
May 16, 2016 Ancient Florida - New evidence confirms that a prehistoric archaeological site in Florida is one of the continent’s oldest.
February 15, 2016 Neandertal Legacy - Neandertals contributed to genetic risk factors for some of today’s health problems and even mood disorders in people of European and Asian descent.
January 11, 2016 Neanderthal Inheritance - Did modern humans inherit allergies from Neanderthals?
December 31, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Kennewick Man’s DNA - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Kennewick Man’s 8,500-year-old bones are finally sequenced, revealing his genetic ancestry.
December 29, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Homo Naledi - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: The discovery of an extinct human species in a South African cave made headlines this year.
October 22, 2015 Paleo Sleep - Ancient peoples' sleep might not have been much different than our own.
September 28, 2015 Ancient Hearing - Scientists re-create how our ancient ancestors heard their world.
September 25, 2015 DNA History - DNA evidence is filling in gaps in human history.
August 31, 2015 Moralistic Gods - How did religions with moralizing gods spread around the world?
April 20, 2015 Dogs & People - Eye contact between dogs and their owners can increase levels of the hormone oxytocin, known for its important role in human bonding.
February 23, 2015 SURVIVAL IN THE WILD - SURVIVAL (Encore Presentation) - Why female Komodo dragons die young, a whale that sounded like a person, and algae that flee their predators. Also: how the brain's insulation differs between us and chimpanzees, and why that insulation is so important to social development.
February 19, 2015 Planetary Boundaries Framework - Scientists define environmental limits within which humanity can continue to thrive on earth.
October 3, 2014 Syrian Cultural Site Destruction - War in Syria is reducing much of the country’s cultural heritage to rubble.
October 1, 2014 Campfire Stories - Campfires may have played a big role in bringing early humans together.
August 1, 2014 Podcast for 1 August 2014 - LESSONS FROM THE DEAD (Encore Presentation) - Scientists attempt to bring back an extinct frog. Mummies showing signs of heart disease make researchers rethink assumptions about lifestyle and diet. The mysterious death zone within African "fairy circles" explained. Also: a miniature laboratory under the skin monitors blood chemistry.
March 31, 2014 EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
March 25, 2014 Ancient Cancer - Scientists uncover a case of human cancer as old as the Pharaohs.
March 14, 2014 Cultural Robot Preferences - Different cultures have different expectations and preferences when it comes to robot design.
March 12, 2014 Shy Baboons - Shy baboons are less likely to put what they learn from watching others to use.
March 4, 2014 Solitary Confinement - Solitary confinement can have permanent psychological consequences for prisoners.
March 3, 2014 Beringian Civilization - Humans may have inhabited the Bering Land Bridge for 10,000 years.
August 30, 2013 Podcast for 30 August 2013 - PRE-HISTORIC SCIENCE - Is there a connection between hot weather and violence? And, were our ancestors really as warlike as we make them out to be? Also, did ancient Egyptians jewelry have extraterrestrial origins? And, were spices part of ancient European cuisine?
Prehistoric Spice Roundup - Did prehistoric humans spice up their meals with mustard?
August 12, 2013 Human Hostility - Prehistoric, tribal humans may have been less warlike than we thought.
August 8, 2013 Climate & Conflict - Climate change may precipitate violence, according to a historical analysis.
August 2, 2013 Podcast for 2 August 2013 - NATURE & HEALTH - Scientists look to the oceans for new antibiotics. The full moon affects sleep patterns. And, how paleo is the so-called "Paleo" diet? Also: How apes remember events.
August 1, 2013 How Paleo is “Paleo”? - Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors really eat a “Paleo” diet?
July 23, 2013 Ape Memory - Like humans, chimpanzees and orangutans can remember events that took place years in the past.
July 19, 2013 Archaeology Roundup - Researchers have unearthed the earliest known evidence for the use of flowers to adorn human graves.
July 15, 2013 Evolution of the Fastball - Human anatomy is uniquely evolved to throw spears - and baseballs.
June 26, 2013 Medieval Leprosy - Researchers have reconstructed the entire genome of Medieval-era leprosy bacteria.
April 6, 2013 Podcast for 5 April 2013 - LESSONS FROM THE DEAD - Scientists attempt to bring back an extinct frog. Mummies showing signs of heart disease make researchers rethink assumptions about lifestyle and diet. The mysterious death zone within African "fairy circles" explained. Also: a miniature laboratory under the skin monitors blood chemistry.
April 1, 2013 Mummy Heart Disease - Mummies from a variety of different cultures show signs of heart disease.
March 5, 2013 Alcohol Origins - Did our ability to digest alcohol first emerge at the dawn of civilization or millions of years earlier?
March 1, 2013 Dental Roundup - Ancient people had beneficial bacteria to fight dental plaque that is absent in modern populations.
February 20, 2013 Hard Labor - Other people help human mothers through the emotional and physical aspects of the birth process, which help decrease the risks of childbirth. But apes have easy births, and prefer to go it alone.
February 16, 2013 Hard Labor – 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting Coverage - Other people help human mothers through the emotional and physical aspects of the birth process, which help decrease the risks of childbirth. But apes have easy births, and prefer to go it alone.
January 14, 2013 Neolithic Woodworking - The discovery of ancient wooden wells in Germany reveals that Neolithic woodworking was more sophisticated than previously believed.
January 9, 2013 Tree-Climbing People - The Twa people of Uganda climb trees with ease. A new study suggests that the trait may be the result of practical necessity.
December 5, 2012 Climate Change & The Maya - Climate change may have unraveled the sophisticated Maya empire.
November 30, 2012 Podcast for 30 November 2012 - CHILD DEVELOPMENT - Are kids naturally stingy? Why children's self-control could depend on the adults around them. And why math anxiety "hurts". Also: What monsters from Dungeons & Dragons can tell us about the importance of eyes.
November 19, 2012 Digitizing Ancient Texts - Sophisticated computer imaging may help decode the world's oldest un-deciphered written language.
November 16, 2012 Podcast for 16 November 2012 - BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & BEETLES - How radar helped solve a migration mystery, why malaria could be heading north, and how dung beetles cool themselves off. Also: a 21st century technology that's helping archaeologists crack an ancient code.
Autism Roundup - The incidence of autism has increased in recent years, and so have efforts to identify and treat it earlier.