Plant of the Month: Yerba Mate
The biological and cultural profile of mate has affected its global expansion, unlike other plants native to the Americas, such as cacao and maize.
What’s a Swastika Doing on the Cover of a 1916 Newspaper?
Changes in printing press technology and the history of the symbol may explain its presence in the Wyoming State Prison newspaper, J-A-B-S.
Should Museums Display Shrunken Heads?
Tsantsas, or shrunken human heads, remind us of how museums have often been founded on a violent trade in indigenous culture.
The Origins of Human Speech: More Like a Raven or a Writing Desk?
Language is the cognitive faculty that separates humans from other animals, but interjections have often been equated with the primitive cries of animals.
Who Runs the Running of the Bulls?
In Spain, peñas (male recreation associations) control the safety of the annual Running of the Bulls and are responsible for much of the rowdy behavior.
Happy Birthday to “Happy Birthday” Composer Mildred J. Hill
Happy Birthday, Mildred J. Hill! How the early childhood educator's humble song "Happy Birthday To You" became a worldwide institution.
Dear Paleoanthropology, Homo Naledi Just Shifted Your Paradigm
A new fossil human ancestor has made its way into the media spotlight, and it’s causing quite a ...
Humans and Neanderthals: History Revealed in an Ancient Femur
Recent findings narrow the period in which both Neanderthals and modern humans existed together.