Towards a scientific understanding of who we are

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2021: 24 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2020: 57 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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March 2021
21: Birth pangs of a new religion? QAnon and its historical parallels
  1. Religion
  2. Society
  3. Misinformation
  4. History
  5. Politics
18: Public honesty inspections promote dishonesty
  1. Economics
  2. Policy
  3. Morality
  4. Behavioural science
  5. Psychology
17: When balancing altruism and selfishness, it's me first
  1. Neuroscience
  2. Morality
  3. Behavioural science
  4. Human universals
  5. Psychology
16: How demagogues persuade people to vote against their own beliefs
  1. Social science
  2. Politics
Conspiracy theories affect your behaviour, whether or not you believe them
  1. Misinformation
  2. Behavioural science
  3. Psychology
15: Ancient mercantile links between Exeter and Europe
  1. History
  2. Archaeology
12: Adaptation to malaria in hunter-gatherers 7000 years ago
  1. Evolution
  2. Archaeology
10: Dating the megalithic stone jars of Laos
  1. Anthropology
  2. Archaeology
An indiscriminate massacre 6,200 years ago
  1. Violence
  2. Genocide
  3. History
  4. Anthropology
  5. Archaeology
1: Acheulian stone tool culture co-existed with Neanderthal and early modern human cultures for 100,000 years
  1. H.heidelbergensis
  2. H.neanderthalensis
  3. Palaeoarchaeology
  4. Palaeoanthropology
January 2021
25: Tracking real-time decision-making inside the brain
  1. Neuroscience
In the presence of gods
  1. Religion
  2. Psychology
  3. Anthropology
The first Americans brought their dogs with them
  1. North America
  2. Genetics
  3. Palaeoarchaeology
  4. Migrations
22: A friend in need
  1. Psychology
  2. Anthropology
Disruption of brain networks during the stages of sleep
  1. Neuroscience
21: Reversing cognitive decline in mice - and humans
  1. Ageing
  2. Neuroscience
Smile, though you're dying inside
  1. Emotions
  2. Human universals
  3. Psychology
Shared burial practices across Early Medieval Europe
  1. Anthropology
  2. Archaeology
20: Laboratory tests identify the uses of prehistoric chopping tools
  1. Palaeoarchaeology
  2. Archaeology
Origins of money in Early Bronze Age Europe
  1. Economics
  2. Archaeology
14: Elk's teeth decorations in Eurasian hunter-gatherer graves
  1. Anthropology
  2. Archaeology
11: The Middle Stone Age persisted until 11,000 years ago in West Africa
  1. Palaeoarchaeology
  2. Anthropology
  3. Archaeology
7: Migrations and plagues in northeastern Asia revealed by ancient DNA
  1. Genetics
  2. Migrations
  3. Archaeology
Earliest Olduvai Gorge hominins mastered changing environments
  1. Evolution
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Anthropology
December 2020
23: Ancient DNA reveals radically new history of early Caribbean populations
  1. History
  2. Genetics
  3. Palaeoarchaeology
  4. Migrations
  5. Archaeology
22: Marianas were populated from the Philippines 3,500ya
  1. Genetics
  2. Migrations
  3. Palaeoanthropology
The morality of feeling equal empathy for strangers and family alike
  1. Emotions
  2. Neuroscience
  3. Morality
  4. Psychology
21: Kindred by Rebecca Wragg Sykes review – a new understanding of humanity
  1. Books
Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating
  1. News
Secular ‘values voters’ are becoming an electoral force in the US – just look closely at 2020’s results
  1. Social science
  2. Sociology
  3. Politics
18: Care for others can motivate mask-wearing
  1. Moral foundations
  2. Policy
Monkeys, and humans, keep on keeping on
  1. Behavioural science
  2. Human universals
  3. Evolution
16: The universality of facial expressions
  1. Emotions
  2. Human universals
The evolution of fairness will drive the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, for better or worse
  1. Xenophobia
  2. Morality
  3. Human universals
  4. Evolution
15: Central Asian river civilizations fell victim to climate change
  1. History
  2. Archaeology
Identifying DNA regions that define the human brain
  1. Neuroscience
  2. Genetics
What did the Stone Age sound like?
  1. Human universals
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Anthropology
  4. Archaeology
13: What’s behind the gender imbalance in top-level chess?
  1. Gender
  2. Sociology
  3. Psychology
11: Economic decline intensifies polarization
  1. Social science
  2. Policy
  3. Politics
10: A restorative justice system among the Enga of Papua New Guinea
  1. Policy
  2. Anthropology
How we think about cause and effect
  1. Philosophy
  2. Psychology
9: Burial of a Neanderthal child 41,000ya
  1. H.neanderthalensis
  2. Palaeoanthropology
  3. Archaeology
Conspiracy theories may seem irrational – but they fulfill a basic human need
  1. Misinformation
  2. Sociology
  3. Psychology
Juukan Gorge inquiry: Rio Tinto's decision to blow up Indigenous rock shelters 'inexcusable'
  1. News
A warm ocean current explains the Beringia Standstill
  1. Migrations
  2. Palaeoanthropology
Ancient pottery reveals meat-eaters of the Indus Civilization
  1. Anthropology
  2. Archaeology
7: The challenge of COVID misinformation on social media
  1. Misinformation
  2. Behavioural science
Empathy modulated by epigenetic changes to oxytocin
  1. Empathy
  2. Genetics
4: Tweets make you happy
  1. Policy
LIDAR survey reveals ancient network of roads and villages beneath the Amazonian rainforest
  1. Archaeology
As the pandemic rages, the US could use a little bit more ‘samfundssind’
  1. Social science
  2. Sociology
  3. Psychology
3: Nationalist regimes look to each other for COVID response
  1. Policy
  2. Politics
Oceanic migrations were intentional, not accidental
  1. Anthropology
  2. Migrations
  3. Archaeology
1: 10,000 years of human landscape modification in the Amazon
  1. Anthropology
  2. Archaeology
November 2020
26: The strong grip of the Neanderthal
  1. H.neanderthalensis
  2. Evolution
  3. Palaeoarchaeology
  4. Archaeology
25: To be me, or not to have been me, that is the question
  1. Neuroscience
  2. Behavioural science
  3. Psychology
23: ‘I won the election’ – how powerful people use lousy lies to twist reality
  1. Misinformation
  2. Sociology
  3. Psychology
20: Why it’s important to see women as capable … of terrible atrocities
  1. Violence
  2. Gender
  3. Genocide
19: What’s Left Unsaid When a Language Dies
  1. Language
  2. Anthropology
16: Pro-mask or anti-mask? Your moral beliefs probably predict your stance
  1. Moral foundations
  2. Policy
  3. Morality
11: The psychological foundations of conservatism and liberalism
  1. Ethics
  2. Moral foundations
  3. Politics
  4. Morality
  5. Behavioural science
  6. Psychology
9: When did humans first go to war?
  1. War
  2. H.neanderthalensis
  3. Palaeoanthropology
8: Denisovan DNA from a cave in NE Tibet
  1. Denisovans
  2. Migrations
  3. Palaeoanthropology
6: Climate Change May Have Been a Major Driver of Ancient Hominin Extinctions
  1. H.ergaster
  2. H.habilis
  3. H.erectus
  4. H.heidelbergensis
  5. H.neanderthalensis
  6. Palaeoanthropology
4: Did prehistoric women hunt? New research suggests so
  1. Gender
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Palaeoanthropology
  4. Archaeology
2: War in the time of Neanderthals: how our species battled for supremacy for over 100,000 years
  1. War
  2. Genocide
  3. H.neanderthalensis
  4. Migrations
  5. Palaeoanthropology
October 2020
28: Genome sequencing reveals African diversity and migrations
  1. Genetics
  2. Migrations
21: Turbulent environment set the stage for leaps in human evolution and technology 320,000 years ago
  1. Evolution
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Palaeoanthropology
September 2020
30: Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims
  1. News
15: Tracing East Asian origins through ancient DNA
  1. Genetics
  2. Migrations
  3. Palaeoanthropology
9: When did we become fully human? What fossils and DNA tell us about the evolution of modern intelligence
  1. Human universals
  2. Evolution
  3. Palaeoanthropology
3: Grass on ash: uncovering 200,000 year old beds from South Africa
  1. Palaeoarchaeology
  2. Palaeoanthropology
August 2020
24: The caves were alive with the sound of music
  1. Human universals
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Palaeoanthropology
21: The key to language is universal psychology, not universal grammar
  1. Language
  2. Psychology
20: Ancient faces, familiar feelings: expressions may be recognisable across time and cultures
  1. Emotions
  2. Human universals
  3. Anthropology
  4. Archaeology
July 2020
27: Invisible barriers promote good behaviour
  1. Policy
  2. Morality
  3. Behavioural science
8: Srebrenica, 25 years later: Lessons from the massacre that ended the Bosnian conflict and unmasked a genocide
  1. Xenophobia
  2. Genocide
May 2020
29: Revisiting the collapse narrative of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  1. History
  2. Anthropology
  3. Archaeology
7: Genetic history of Andes civilizations
  1. Genetics
  2. Migrations
  3. Archaeology
February 2020
20: Interbreeding with the super-archaics 700,000ya
  1. Genetics
  2. Anthropology
  3. Migrations
January 2020
30: The Neanderthal in all of us
  1. H.neanderthalensis
  2. Genetics
  3. Migrations
October 2019
7: Humanity's cradle was unlike anything on Earth today
  1. Palaeontology
  2. Evolution
  3. Palaeoanthropology
September 2019
5: Lessons from the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, 25 years after the genocide it failed to stop
  1. Genocide
July 2019
10: Oldest human skull outside Africa identified as 210,000 years old
  1. H.neanderthalensis
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Migrations
  4. Palaeoanthropology
April 2019
10: New Hominin Shakes the Family Tree—Again
  1. H.luzonensis
  2. Migrations
  3. Palaeoanthropology
March 2019
20: Big gods came after the rise of civilisations, not before, finds study using huge historical database
  1. History
  2. Morality
  3. Anthropology
January 2019
30: Fresh clues to the life and times of the Denisovans, a little-known ancient group of humans
  1. Denisovans
  2. H.neanderthalensis
  3. Genetics
  4. Palaeoarchaeology
  5. Migrations
  6. Palaeoanthropology
20: Getting to know Homo erectus
  1. H.erectus
  2. Palaeoanthropology
December 2018
20: The moral values behind prejudice and discrimination
  1. Moral foundations
  2. Politics
  3. Morality
October 2018
23: The three faces of schadenfreude
  1. Behavioural science
  2. Psychology
September 2018
10: Shame on you - a universal damnation
  1. Behavioural science
  2. Human universals
  3. Evolution
  4. Psychology
  5. Anthropology
April 2018
26: Modern human fossil dated to 90,000ya in Saudi Arabia
  1. Palaeoarchaeology
  2. Migrations
  3. Palaeoanthropology
Mother’s milk holds the key to unlocking an evolutionary mystery from the last ice age
  1. Evolution
  2. Genetics
  3. Anthropology
  4. Migrations
  5. Palaeoanthropology
  6. Archaeology
June 2017
26: Ten thousand years of feline familiarity
  1. Archaeology
May 2016
20: Your nose is in your genes
  1. Genetics
November 2015
24: Rapid colonisations starting 100,000 years ago driven by anger, fear, mistrust and betrayal
  1. Emotions
  2. Palaeoarchaeology
  3. Migrations
  4. Archaeology
May 2015
20: “The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis”
  1. Society
  2. Books
  3. Politics
  4. Evolution
December 2014
18: Hunting significantly reduced Western European mammoth populations 30,000 years ago
  1. Palaeoanthropology
  2. Archaeology
October 2014
28: The highest altitude ice-age human settlement ever discovered
  1. Archaeology
3: Photography exhibition: Human Nature
  1. Events
  2. News
August 2013
23: Faroe Islands colonised 3-500 years before the Vikings
  1. Migrations
  2. Archaeology