Journal Club

Highlighting recently published papers selected by Academy members

Category Archives: Anthropology

Your brain is not that big, get over it

Humans are proud of their brains, and rightfully so. A new comparative analysis suggests however, that we should not be so obsessed with size when considering our smarts. This week evolutionary anthropologists Robert Barton and Chris Venditti report the results … Continue reading

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Polynesian DNA found in old Native American bones

Polynesian DNA has unexpectedly been discovered in the bones of now-extinct Native Americans who once lived in the interior of Brazil. These surprising findings are raising a variety of suggested answers to how this occurred, including the travels of ancient … Continue reading

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Adult male chimps regularly eat meat, unlike other chimps

All wild chimpanzees eat fruits and nuts, but research in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences now confirms that adult male chimps regularly eat meat. These findings may suggest that differences in what food the sexes gather … Continue reading

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