Best of SAPIENS 2019
This year SAPIENS published 109 amazing articles, thanks to anthropologists and journalists around the globe. Although the decision gets harder every year, we have endeavored to select our favorites from 2019, listed in the order they were published.
—The SAPIENS Editorial Team
Thomas W. Pearson
When an anthropologist’s baby was diagnosed with Down syndrome, he was overwhelmed by emotional upheaval. Then, everything changed.
Generosity helps communities manage risk and cope with disasters. New research untangles the factors that lead people to help neighbors in need.
In West Papua, Indonesia, both conventional and “green” palm oil projects dispossess and exclude Indigenous people from their lands.
An anthropologist who is also a singer-songwriter explores how Southwestern Native bands shake up the notion of “cowboys and Indians.”
Research confirms that who you spend time with is a powerful predictor of the microbes you carry. But these tiny organisms may also influence your social life.
Christopher Manoharan and Dimitris Xygalatas
An important Sufi ritual brings participants together in a shared experience of trance and movement that actually synchronizes their heartbeats.
In many parts of the world, people who take illegal substances are punished with harsh prison sentences or executions that are unjustified. Behind this treatment lie prejudices that have a surprising history.
A deluge of new findings are challenging long-held scientific narratives of how humans came to North and South America.
An anthropologist documents the social tolls of new mixed-income developments while also acknowledging the gains.
The Neanderthal body has stories to tell about the life and times of our ancient hominin cousins.