Anthropology Magazine

What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?


  • Human Nature

    Brown grasses and white flowers cover a hill overlooking agricultural land, neatly planted trees, and flat top mountains in the distance.

    What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?

    Excavations at the site of 'Ubeidiya are at the heart of a debate about Homo erectus migrations, with profound implications for questions of human resilience and adaptability.

  • Field Notes

    A large black tire and rusted metal mining equipment sit on brown grass under a cloudy sky.

    How Will We Remember Coal?

    Anticipating a new energy future, an anthropologist returns home to contemplate what lessons we will learn from the coal industry’s material remains and monuments.

  • Counterpoint

    Rays of sunlight shine down over hills covered in lush green foliage.

    Lessons From Mars—and Jamaica—on Sovereignty

    The billionaire space race thrives on romantic ideas of colonizing “the last frontier.” An anthropologist looks to Jamaican histories of colonization to show why such narratives are so dangerous—and offers an alternate vision of Black freedom in the Sovereign State of Accompong.

  • Dwelling

    Three people stand on at the bottom of a hill covered in brown grass with a white house at the top. Two cut long, brown plant stalks while the third person observes.

    These Unheralded Workers Are Helping Prevent the Next Wildfire

    In Southern California, an anthropologist’s research aims to illuminate his late father’s work of weed abatement. He’s learning how crews of migrant Latinx workers bring deep environmental knowledge to stop destructive fires at the wildland-urban interface.

  • Poetry

    A landscape image shows a blue sky with clouds over rocks leading out to water and mountains in the distance.

    Dressing Fish

    The Sugpiaq people in south-central Alaska have faced Russian colonialism, American assimilation policies, and Native American boarding school violence. A descendant and anthropologist-poet claims a radical presence in looking to the past and the future.

  • Field Trips