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Idea/Anthropology

Ancient ruins keep being ‘discovered’: were they ever lost?

Christopher Begley

Idea/Anthropology

It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small

Peter Ungar

Essay/Anthropology

The scalp from Sand Creek

Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history?

Chip Colwell

Idea/Anthropology

Eating people is wrong – but it’s also widespread and sacred

Ben Thomas

Video/Social Psychology

Never judge a book by its cover. But what about people and their faces?

12 minutes

Video/Work

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes

Idea/Anthropology

How arrogance can make even an obnoxious person popular

Joel Robbins

Video/Anthropology

How footprints trapped in time unlocked a mystery of early hominids

8 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh

Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

Video/Demography & Migration

How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised

6 minutes

Video/History of Technology

Mongolian nomads building a traditional yurt is a master class in cooperation

2 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why Sasquatch and other crypto-beasts haunt our imaginations

Ed Simon

Essay/History

It never was golden

‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity

Alan Jay Levinovitz

Idea/Human Evolution

Anthropology is far from licking the problem of fossil ages

Paige Madison

Video/Cultures & Languages

‘Grief bacon’ and other untranslatable words for the highs and lows of love

4 minutes

Idea/Demography & Migration

How DNA traced the Ashkenazic Jews to northeastern Turkey

Eran Elhaik

Essay/Education

Schooled in nature

There’s a way to teach children without colonising their minds: the lifelong way of the indigenous people of Mexico

Jay Griffiths

Essay/Anthropology

Magic bowls of antiquity

Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market

Samuel Thrope

Idea/Gender & Sexuality

Human sex is not simply male or female. So what?

Courtney Addison & Samuel Taylor-Alexander

Idea/Anthropology

Did Easter Island culture collapse? The answer is not simple

Christopher Kavanagh

Idea/Virtual Reality

Virtual fossils revolutionise the study of human evolution

Doug Boyer

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

Beware your shower! Why the risks that matter most can be those you notice least

2 minutes

Essay/Anthropology

Slaves of history

If you descend from slaves in Senegal, your shame is an open secret and your life limited by stigma and disrespect

Jori Lewis

Video/Anthropology

Catalonia’s human towers are monuments to strength, co-operation and tradition

3 minutes

Video/Death

This stylish 1957 film explores mortality and memory on Mexico’s Day of the Dead

15 minutes

Essay/Anthropology

Trial by fire

From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds

Dimitris Xygalatas

Video/Old Age & Death

Dolls replace former residents in a remote, depopulating Japanese village

6 minutes

Essay/Anthropology

Families made us human

The evolution of human culture can be explained, not by the size of our brains, but by the quality of our relationships

Stephen T Asma

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Experience winter’s end and spring’s dawn in northern Greenland

4 minutes