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Video/Demography & Migration

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

6 minutes

Idea/Anthropology

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

Peter Ungar

Essay/Anthropology

No drama, King Obama

In Javanese culture, a ruler must stand chivalrously above strife: cool, intelligent and self-contained. Sound familiar?

Edward L Fox

Idea/Anthropology

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

Ben Thomas

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

Essay/Anthropology

Riches beyond belief

If you want to know what money is, don’t ask a banker. Take a leap of faith and start your own currency

Brett Scott

Essay/Anthropology

Trial by fire

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

Dimitris Xygalatas

Essay/Anthropology

Human rites

Rituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike. But can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind?

Harvey Whitehouse

Video/Work

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

4 minutes

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/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

Idea/Social Psychology

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

Christopher Kavanagh

Idea/Anthropology

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

Christopher Begley

Idea/Demography & Migration

How DNA traced the Ashkenazic Jews to northeastern Turkey

Eran Elhaik

Idea/Gender & Sexuality

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

Courtney Addison & Samuel Taylor-Alexander

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

Idea/Anthropology

How arrogance can make even an obnoxious person popular

Joel Robbins

Video/Social Psychology

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

12 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

Essay/Anthropology

My ancestors, myself

Fossil genomics is opening new windows to the past. But the view through them isn't as clear as we like to think

Jonathan Marks

Idea/Anthropology

Did Easter Island culture collapse? The answer is not simple

Christopher Kavanagh

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

Video/Cultures & Languages

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

4 minutes

Video/Anthropology

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

3 minutes

Video/History of Technology

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

2 minutes

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

Essay/Anthropology

Specimens

Figurines, fishers, bugs and bats – how things in the world become sacred objects in a museum

Matthew Battles

Video/Old Age & Death

Dolls replace former residents in a remote, depopulating Japanese village

6 minutes

Essay/Anthropology

The Moken

They predicted the Boxing Day tsunami, but can Thailand’s sea gypsies stay afloat on the waves of modernity?

Julian Sayarer