Anthropology Magazine
Athletics, IQ, Health: Three Myths of Race

An evolutionary biologist and biological anthropologist break down why differences in human athleticism, IQ, and health can’t be explained by the concept of race.

Surfing in Color

A poet-anthropologist witnesses people of the African diaspora “riding waves across the surfable globe.”

Brotherhood and Anti-Blackness in College Football

As another college football season begins, an anthropologist explores how Black athletes navigate racism by caring for one another on and off the gridiron.

Five Ways Humans Evolved to be Athletes
An archaeologist explores human athletic paleobiology to explain how our prowess in sport has deep roots in evolution.
The Evolution of Throwing

Homo sapiens has a throwing arm that sets our species apart from all others—now athletes are helping anthropologists understand this prowess.

Sexism Still Winning at the Olympic Games

Old ideas about gender are unfairly baked into sporting regulations and guidance. That should change.

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.

Why Losing Bonds Sports Fans

A study on team loyalty among British football fans shows that the success of the team plays an important role in how strongly supporters identify with one another.

Tackling Care and Capitalism in College Football

This year’s college football season—which has continued in the U.S. despite serious risks to players—has put deep social inequalities in stark relief.

What’s Behind Humanity’s Love-Hate Relationship With Exercise?

Evolutionary history can help resolve the question of why so many people desire a physical break even when their bodies need movement.