Anthropology Magazine
Impossible Choices at the Crossroads of Motherhood and Fieldwork

Two anthropologists who’ve conducted fieldwork while being pregnant or new moms bravely share their personal experiences and call for family-friendly work cultures that align with human evolution.

Untangling Race From Hair

One anthropologist has made it her mission to remove racial prejudices from the study of hair and find the evolutionary roots of hair diversity.

Five Human Species You May Not Know About

Homo sapiens is currently the only member of the genus Homo alive. There’s only one species of human—but it wasn’t always so.

Culture—Not Genetics—Was More Salient for Anglo-Saxons

Skeletal evidence shows Britain’s ancient Anglo-Saxon society as more genetically diverse than once thought. Language and culture served as a social glue, archaeologists argue, not ancestry.

Sex in Sport: Men Don’t Always Have the Advantage

Research shows that real differences exist in athletic capacities, on average, between men and women. But they cut both ways.

Did a Magnetic Field Reversal Doom Neanderthals?

A Neanderthal expert weighs in on a new theory that proposes a swap in the planet’s poles triggered a climate catastrophe that killed off our evolutionary cousins.

Is Love a Biological Reality?

Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at the Kinsey Institute and an adviser to the dating site, studies human mating to explain the mysteries of romance, partnership, and lust.

Time to Rethink Teeth

New research is overturning long-held assumptions about tooth enamel and human diversity.

What Milk-Sharing Communities Reveal

As women in the United States create networks to give or receive breast milk, anthropologists are illuminating the complex social and cultural forces that shape mothers’ choices.

Can Archaeology Dogs Smell Ancient Time?

Researchers show that with proper training, dogs can help scholars discover human and animal remains from bygone centuries.