Controversial topics in anthropology in 2008
By: Christine G.
All academic disciplines have their controversies. Often, they act as stimuli to additional exploration and research. Anthropology, which studies humankind in all its diverse manifestations over many millennia, has its share of partially-answered questions and unsolved mysteries.One of these is the perennial question: What...
By: Nathan Wada
In what have been somewhat unorthodox and rather telling moves, the link between anthropology and politics has been monetarily quantified to be worth either $400,000 in annual salary or $40 million, depending on whether you ask the CIA or the Pentagon.TIME has reported...
By: Robert Williscroft
"Currently, it is widely accepted that only one hominin genus, Homo, was present in Pleistocene Asia, represented by two species, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. Both species are characterized by greater brain size, increased body height and smaller teeth relative to Pliocene Australopithecus in Africa...
By: Nathan Wada
On January 1, 2008, confronted with overwhelming empirical evidence contrary to its own rhetoric, Pakistan's Interior Ministry retracted previous claims that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto died because her head struck a sunroof latch during a shooting and bombing attack on December 27, 2007.After...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
What is the Difference Between Anthropology and Archaeology?Anthropology and archaeology are really the same thing, or rather, they are the same but different. This is because archaeology is really just a specialize methodology for approaching certain specific aspects of what the larger discipline of...
By: Nathan Wada
At its heart, evolutionary anthropology concerns itself with social behavior, specifically that concerning how behavior relates to the biological and cultural evolution of hominids (the great apes') and non-hominid primates. Hominids include all the great apes, while hominins are restricted to humans and chimpanzees, and...
By: Lucie Shores
"Why are we so different", or perhaps we should ask "Why are we at all the same?"From lowly amoeba to big-brained human, the case for the rainbow of diversity within the human species is not easily made by anthropology or archeology alone. It took...
By: Douglas Black
As time swiftly moves forward there is one constant that always remains unchanged, evolution. In order to study this continuing growth we have to examine social behavior and how this climate affects the evolution in hominins (humans and chimpanzees) or primates. This will help us...
By: Nathan Wada
Make no bones about it, forensic anthropology requires and tests both mettle and marrow.Forensic anthropology involves detailed knowledge of human physiology and archaeology and most practicing forensic anthropologists possess doctoral degrees in such disciplines as human anatomy, archaeology, and biological anthropology.As its name...
By: Jaimela King
Anthropologists are not always popular people. Sometimes their findings and theories are startling and controversial. Sometimes they reveal to us things that we may rather not have heard or known about. Some findings, of course, are better left unsaid, we may think. While some anthropological...

 

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