Anthropology Magazine
Mapping Human and Neanderthal Genomes

The Human Genome Project first published the modern human genome 20 years ago, and the Neanderthal genome was sequenced a little more than a decade ago. What do these maps mean for our understanding of humanity?

Who First Made the Caribbean Home?

An archaeologist recounts collaborations with geneticists to map the 6,000-year ancestry of Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.

The Dawn of CRISPR Mutants

An anthropologist dives into the world of genetic engineering to explore whether gene-editing tools such as CRISPR fulfill the hope of redesigning our species for the better.

A Startling Link Between Neanderthals and COVID-19

Researchers recently announced a discovery that connects Neanderthal DNA and people who experience severe symptoms from COVID-19. Hugo Zeberg, one of the scientists who led the study, speaks with SAPIENS host Chip Colwell.

No, “Racial Genetics” Aren’t Affecting COVID-19 Deaths

The coronavirus pandemic is unequally affecting minority communities in the U.K. and the U.S. Racism, not race, explains the disparity.

Race Is Real, But It’s Not Genetic

For over 300 years, socially defined notions of “race” have shaped human lives around the globe—but the category has no biological foundation.

Were Neanderthals More Than Cousins to Homo Sapiens?

These members of the genus Homo have long occupied two different branches on the family tree. But now that researchers think these groups interbred, scholars are giving serious consideration to whether we are the same species after all.

Archaeology Is Having a Great Century So Far

Here’s why satellite imagery, lidar scans, ancient DNA analyses, and more are helping scientists break open the past. 

Neanderthal Bones: Signs of Their Sex Lives

With whom did Neanderthals mate? In some cases, inbreeding looks likely.

First Confirmed Denisovan Skull Piece Found

A fragment of a hominin skull adds to the sparse collection from our obscure cousins.