When could our ancestors run?

Most people typically view Homo sapiens as physically rather weak; reliant upon our technology for survival in the harsh world. Picturing people without technology on the Savannah typically ends up with them becoming lion food in short order. We’re slower than Cheetahs, less agile than

Humans think like monkeys

When faced with a choice between a known and an unknown amount, humans do this clever thing whereby they use past experience to decide which one they should go for. In particular, it is based on the mean rate of return for a resource. For

The children of climate change

The climate seems like a very topical issue, constantly being brought to the forefront of the political arena. Newspapers comment, governments pledge and bloggers quarrel…all in the here and now. Given all of this, it’s easy to forget that the environment has been constantly changing

The (d)evolution of speech

Those of you who have read a few of the posts here at EvoAnth might notice a rather familiar pattern emerging: we wish to understand how an interesting aspect of our species evolved, but that aspect does not preserve well forcing people to develop rather

The hobbit is still Homo floresiensis

In 2003 Evolutionary Anthropology came crashing into popular culture with the discovery of Homo floresiensis, found – as the name might suggest – on the island of Flores. Affectionately nicknamed “the Hobbit” by the media, this diminutive creature stood at only 108 cm tall (~3′

Hunter-gatherers are secretly selfish

Many suggest food sharing is the foundation of society, sowing the seeds of co-operation that eventually gave rise to the complex culture we know and love. Thus explaining why food sharing developed is an area of importance when it comes to understanding Homo sapiens as

We are still evolving

I participated in a school play when I was 10 years old which opened with the following lyrics Evolution; Evolution; Make and fix and mend; But now it’s at an end; Evolution! The sentiment conveyed in this song is a common one. Evolution, according to

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The science of belly button fluff

Science excels at explaining the unknown, but try as we might there are some things that are remain just beyond our grasp. Why are we here? Where are we going? Why do some people have more belly button fluff than others? Georg Steinhauser is a

The earliest artistic neanderthals?

Modern humans are almost defined by their behaviours, making the development of modern behaviour a fundamental turning point in the origin of us. It’s when we stopped being hominins and started being humans. Actually, that’s a lie: we’re technically still hominins, that’s just a pithy

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The (very little) evolution of chimps

Humans are a rather self-centred bunch. From thinking an unimaginably large universe exists to benefit the inhabitants of one speck of it to, well….starting a blog called “EvoAnth.” Within science┬áthere is a significant bias towards the investigation of how we got here compared to the