January 1: New Year's Day. While many societies mark the beginning of the year on other dates, the transition from one year to the next is often a time for reflection, a potential crisis, a moment of renewal. Does that qualify as a human universal?
On the holidays, we gather with relatives: and in some circles, we debate how we are related. How did that question become expert knowledge? An anthropologist should know the answer... but it isn't that simple.
The remains of a girl who died 12,000 years ago in Yucatan are genetically linked to modern Native Americans—now it's time to reconsider why anyone ever suggested early humans in the Americas weren't the ancestors of the people who occupied the Americas in the 16th century.
Do you love the gifts you got this year? Would you trade them in for money? What the gap between those questions measures is impossible to measure economically, but the heart of an anthropological analysis of gift-giving.
Sobering new study of sexual assault and harassment at biological anthropology field sites shows there is still a long way to go to retain women in this branch of science, and reduce obstacles to their full participation.
Anthropology used to be easy to define: it was the study of exotic people somewhere else. But from its beginnings, anthropology has been less a way to describe varieties of human beings and more a way to answer question about the state of human being. Anthropologists ask the question, "What makes us human?" and seek our answers in studies that insist on recognizing all the many ways there are and have been of being human.