Anne Buchanan

Anne Buchanan is an emeritus research associate in the anthropology department at Penn State University, and author of The Mermaid’s Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things (2009).

Written by Anne Buchanan

The Ain Sakhri lovers figurine. This is the oldest known representation of sexual intercourse in the world, dated c10,000 BCE. Photo courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum

Essay/
Human evolution
Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan

Goats on the hillside in Vermont. Photo by Anne Buchanan

Essay/
Philosophy of science
The real two cultures

I am a geneticist, my sister works a dairy farm. Our lives are so different we might as well be living in parallel worlds

Anne Buchanan

Researchers working on cloning projects at the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen, China April 23, 2012. Photo by Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Essay/
Biology
Things genes can’t do

Simplistic ideas of how genes ‘cause’ traits are no longer viable: life is an orderly collection of uncertainties

Anne Buchanan & Kenneth Weiss