Anthropology

The Neolithic Revolution: How did societies around the world come into existence?

Are you an anthropology nerd? If you’re anything like me, you might have pondered the origins of humankind over a bowl of cereal, absorbed in episodes of Civilizations. How did our society come to be? This very question has intrigued historians for centuries. Sure, we evolved from our primate ancestors into the Homo sapiens of today (read our previous post…

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Public Health

Addressing another outbreak of Ebola in the DRC—what needs to be done?

Ebola. Just three days ago, an outbreak of this virulent infection was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic started in West Africa and has since resulted in the deaths of millions. Saying that progress is desperately needed is by far an understatement. Yet, from a policy-centered standpoint, it remains unclear exactly how we will…

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Anthropology

A study in biological anthropology: How our “junk” makes humans unique

If you’re a nature-lover or have binged a few David Attenborough’s Planet Earth documentaries, you’ve probably pondered the existential question of creation at least once. What makes us human? Are we humans a special species, or are we merely more refined and intelligent than our cousins in the jungle? For centuries, scientists and anthropologists have debated whether humanity was merely…

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