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A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas

The miracle of modern genetics has revolutionized the story anthropologists tell about how humans spread out across the Earth. Europeans arriving in the New World met people all the way from the frozen north to the frozen south. All had … Continue reading

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The story of music is the story of humans

Where did music come from? Recent article discusses how music arose and developed. How did music begin? Did our early ancestors first start by beating things together to create rhythm, or use their voices to sing? What types of instruments … Continue reading

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Is Violence Embedded in Our DNA?

Some research suggests that throughout our evolution an innate tendency toward fighting shaped human anatomy. But anthropologists are sharply divided on the matter. Whether we take the perspective that evolutionary selection made humans prone to violence matters to our sense of … Continue reading

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How Music and Instruments Began – The story of music is the story of humans

How did music begin? Did our early ancestors first start by beating things together to create rhythm, or use their voices to sing? What types of instruments did they use? Has music always been important in human society, and if … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of Human History, Society, and Culture

When does human history begin? If we seek help from anthropology, then we find that the first animals of the homininans appeared in Africa around 6 million years ago and the first Homo sapiens appeared 600,000 to 200,000 years ago, … Continue reading

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The Human Story – From Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers

Since the emergence of Homo erectus 2 million years ago, humans remained hunter-gatherers till 10,000 years ago. During this long period of 2 million years, humans learned to tame fire, hunt, make better stone tools, and explore new territories. Homo … Continue reading

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Neanderthals live on in Human Ggenes — how they shaped us?

Understanding our ancient ancestors may help us better address health risks today. By understanding more about these prehistoric people, we can learn about who we are as a species today. Our ancestors’ experiences shaped us, and they may still hold … Continue reading

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How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains

Scientists have begun to identify the symphony of biological triggers that powered the extraordinary expansion of the human brain. Fossils established the Brain Boom as fact. But they tell us next to nothing about how and why the human brain … Continue reading

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Stepping back 3.6m years: footprints yield new clues to Humans’ Ancestors

Tracks found by accident on proposed museum site in Tanzania were preserved in volcanic ash dampened by ancient African rains. The footprints of five ancestors of humans who walked the Earth more than 3.6m years ago have been found preserved … Continue reading

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The evolution of human memory

Like all biological traits, human memory reflects a long evolutionary history, most of it shared with other animals. Yet, with rare exceptions, evolution has either been overlooked in discussions of memory or treated in an outdated way. As a result, … Continue reading

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