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[OPINION] An anthropologist on rethinking history to inspire the future

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:48 PM

'There are no human races, there is only one human race. The concept of race reinforces the colonial structures that favors Eurocentric views.'

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

May 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The two legends explaining the origin of the Inca civilization 'could be related,' according to the scientists' study

Peruvian genetics specialist Ricardo Fujita works at his lab in the San Martin de Porres University in Lima on May 11, 2018.  Upon the many programs he foresees, Fujita and his team have been working since 2000 on ADN evidence attempting to determine the origins of the Inca Empire. / AFP PHOTO / Cris BOURONCLE

Archaeologists find fossils, Mayan relics in giant underwater cave in Mexico

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Archaeologists who have been exploring the world's largest underwater cave present their findings, including fossils of giant sloths and an elaborate shrine to the Mayan god of commerce

MAJOR FIND. This handout picture released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) on February 19, 2018, shows the detail of a mask in the 'Gran aquifer' of Sac Actun in Quinta Roo state, Mexico. INAH/AFP

Beyond bagnet: Ilocos Sur’s best-kept culinary secrets

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:30 PM

We take a look at the roots – literally and figuratively – of the crop of Ilocos’ cuisine and culture

ILOCANO STAPLE. The camote is at the center of Ilocano cuisine. All photos by Paolo F. Vergara

Homo sapiens 100,000 years older than thought – studies

Jun 08, 2017 - 7:28 AM

A groundbreaking fossil discovery in Morocco obliterates two decades of scientific consensus that our forefathers emerged in East Africa about 200 000 years ago

Matangos o pango: Picking one’s nose in the Philippines

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Lasco: Colonialism changed the way we looked at our faces and noses

Jury out on 'Out of Africa' migrations

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:51 AM

3 studies present data from more than 280 diverse populations around the world but did not quite agree on what it all means

Scientists talking to an Aboriginal elder in the Kalgoorlie area in southwestern Australia in 2012. Credit: Preben Hjort, Mayday Film via Nature

Likely ancestor of mystery 'hobbit' found

Jun 09, 2016 - 2:11 PM

Two studies fill a huge gap in our understanding of these diminutive people whose tortuous evolutionary saga hit a dead end some 50 000 years ago

Indonesia's 'hobbits' disappeared when modern humans came

Mar 31, 2016 - 2:20 PM

A new study shows the pint sized creatures disappeared much earlier than previously thought

First humans out of Africa now in Manila

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:56 AM

The Homo erectus one of the first humans to have successfully settled outside Africa is the centerpiece of a new traveling exhibition

ANCESTOR. The skull of Homo erectus, found in Dmanisi, Georgia, part of the 'First Humans Out of Africa' exhibit currently at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Shaira Panela

Neanderthal DNA redraws human out-of-Africa timeline

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:17 AM

The new research published in Nature provides the first genetic evidence that some Homo sapiens left the African continent at least 100 000 years ago tens of thousands of years earlier than widely assumed

EVOLUTION. A visitor looks at 'El Neandertal Emplumado,' a scientifically-based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. Cesar Manso/AFP

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Feb 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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Science sleuths lift veil on prehistoric mass murder

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:29 AM

The finding adds to the debate about why humans make war

MASSACRE VICTIM. Detail of the skull, part of a skeleton of a man, found lying prone in the sediments at Nataruk, near Kenya's Lake Turkana. Image by Marta Mirazon Lahr, enhanced by Fabio Lahr

Justin Bieber expelled from Mayan ruins

Jan 09, 2016 - 12:06 PM

An official of the National Institute of Anthropology and History confirms that Justin was escorted out of the ancient site in Tulum for trying to enter a prohibited area

Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:24 AM

A piece of jawbone with teeth attached uncovered in Ethiopia is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo to which humans belong

A caravan moves across the Lee Adoyta region in the Ledi-Geraru project area near the early Homo site. Image courtesy Erin DiMaggio, Penn State

Mexico defends probe of 43 missing students

Feb 10, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The Mexican attorney general s office issued a statement rejecting the poorly defended arguments of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team

SEEKING JUSTICE. Relatives of the 43 Mexican students missing in Ayotzinapa hold pictures during a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 09 February 2015. Mario Guzman/EPA

Foreign experts slam Mexico's 43 missing students probe

Feb 08, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Argentine led forensic experts insist the probe must remain open as they list a series of mishaps

In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

Mideast skull find sheds light on spread of humans

Jan 29, 2015 - 7:51 AM

A 55 000 year old partial skull found in a cave in Galilee Israel gives clues to when our ancestors left their African homeland and strengthens theories that they co habited with Neanderthals

ANCIENT SKULL. Israeli Professor Hershkowitz shows part of a 55,000 year old partial skull found in the Dan David-Manot Cave in Israel's Western Galilee, near the settlement of Manot, on January 28, 2015.  Menahem Kahana/AFP

When women are few, men settle down – study

Jan 14, 2015 - 9:04 AM

It turns out the dynamics of sex are partly driven by the law of supply and demand: a man s fidelity depends to a large degree on the number of available women

500,000-year-old zigzags on shell rewrites view of human history

Dec 04, 2014 - 8:21 AM

The zigzag scratching together with evidence that these shells were used as a tool should prompt a rethink about the mysterious early human called Homo erectus

The fossilized Pseudodon shell with the engraving made by Homo erectus. Image courtesy Wim Lustenhouwer/VU University Amsterdam

Indonesia pledges to protect ancient cave paintings

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:27 PM

It means that Europeans can no longer exclusively claim to be the first to develop an abstract mind anymore

ANCIENT ART. Hand stencils and-painting of a wild pig at Leang Pettakere. Photo: Anthony Dosseto, University of Wollongong

Southeast Asian cave paintings challenge Europe as cradle of art

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:09 AM

A 40 000 year old silhouette of a hand on an Indonesian cave wall is challenging the notion that Europe is the birthplace of art

ANCIENT ART. Hand stencils and-painting of a wild pig at Leang Pettakere. Photo: Anthony Dosseto, University of Wollongong

Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset – expert

Sep 02, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Social anthropologist: When people say that Ebola does not exist they are rebelling against something

ANOTHER CASUALTY. Liberian nurses pick up a dead body due to Ebola from the waiting area of the ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia 16 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Cave markings 'bring Neanderthals closer to us'

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:19 AM

Markings dating back 40 000 years suggest Neanderthals were considerably more sophisticated than previously thought researchers say

EVOLUTION. A visitor looks at 'El Neandertal Emplumado,' a scientificly based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. Cesar Manso/AFP

Humans, Neanderthals shared Europe for millennia – study

Aug 21, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Neanderthals shared Europe with modern humans for as long as five millennia until they died out 40 000 years ago – ample time for cultural exchanges and interbreeding

EVOLUTION. A visitor looks at 'El Neandertal Emplumado,' a scientifically-based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. Cesar Manso/AFP

Isolated indigenous make contact with outside world in Brazil

Jul 31, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Brazilian experts say the Ashaninka indigenous people likely crossed the border from Peru facing pressure from illegal logging and drug trafficking at home

'Game of Thrones' scenario seen in Neanderthal ancestors

Jun 20, 2014 - 7:37 AM

The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others researchers say

GAME OF (ANCIENT) THRONES? Scenes like this one from HBO's hit

2013 disasters 'consistent' with human-made climate change –UN

Mar 24, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Typhoon Haiyan and the drought in Australia support the theory of human induced climate change

Indonesia seeks to protect ancient tribe

Feb 05, 2014 - 3:52 PM

Fears have been growing in recent years that the traditions of the Kajang who live on the central island of Sulawesi are increasingly vulnerable

TRADITIONS THREATENED. This picture taken on August 12, 2013 shows Kajang women and children sitting outside a house at Amatoa village where the Kajang tribe live in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi. Deep in a remote forest in the Indonesian archipelago, the Kajang tribe lives much as it has done for centuries, resisting nearly all the trappings of modern life. Adek Berry/AFP

Speed appeal: Top male cyclists rated more attractive

Feb 05, 2014 - 8:13 AM

Women rate top male endurance cyclists more attractive than lower ranked ones even without knowing who they are

LEADING THE PACK. France's Cofidis cycling team's Amael Moinard (R) leads a pack of cyclists, which includes Kazahkstan's Astana cycling team's Alberto Contador (3rdR), on March 14, 2010 in the 119 km and last stage of the 2010 Paris-Nice cycling race run around Nice. Pascal Pavani/AFP

Neanderthal genome helped early humans survive cold – research

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:11 PM

It may also have transferred a genetically higher risk for diabetes and lupus

Neanderthal skull from La Chapelle aux Saints. Image taken 16 March 2004, PLoS

Eating nuts caused tooth decay in hunter-gatherers – study

Jan 07, 2014 - 7:05 AM

The findings offer the earliest evidence of nut harvesting and storage among African hunter gatherers

NUTS GALORE. Nuts in the Market during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the Old City in the West Bank city of Hebron, 08 October 2007. Abed al Hafiz Hashlamoun/EPA

Neanderthals cared for elder, burial site shows

Dec 17, 2013 - 9:33 AM

Study adds new evidence to the argument that cavemen were actually a sophisticated lot

Neanderthal skull from La Chapelle aux Saints. Image taken 16 March 2004, PLoS

Scientists decode oldest-known 'human' DNA

Dec 05, 2013 - 8:44 AM

The feat expands knowledge of human genetics by some 300 000 years they said but also suggests the odyssey of Man s evolution may have been more convoluted than thought

'PIT OF BONES' In this file photo, workers carrying out an excavation at the Atapuerca archaeological site, participating in the '2010 season' of digging, prepare to go down to the "Sima de los Huesos" on July 21, 2010. AFP/Cesar Manso

Scientists study evolution of 'Little Red Riding Hood'

Nov 14, 2013 - 9:26 AM

The project shows Little Red Riding Hood shares a common but ancient root with another popular international folk tale The Wolf and the Kids

Detail of a "Little Red Riding Hood" illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1909. Public domain/Via Wikipedia

Do big balls make for bad dads?

Sep 10, 2013 - 7:08 AM

The larger the volume of their testes the less the men were involved in daily parenting activities like changing diapers said the study by researchers at Emory University in Georgia

Warfare was uncommon among hunter-gatherers: study

Jul 19, 2013 - 2:50 PM

A study suggests that the origins of war were not as some have argued rooted in roving hunter gather groups

Ability to throw was key evolutionary step - study

Jun 27, 2013 - 1:44 PM

The shoulder may have been one of mankind s greatest evolutionary successes allowing us to kill prey by hurling spears or rocks

PITCHING IT. A study released June 26, 2013 says our shoulder may have been one of humankind's greatest evolutionary successes. In this file photo, New York Yankee pitcher David Phelps fires a second inning pitch during his game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle, Washington, USA on 09 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Dan Levine

Prehistoric, modern languages may have shared words

May 08, 2013 - 3:36 PM

Our Ice Age ancestors in Europe 15 000 years ago may have used words we would recognize today according to a new study

Were 'hobbit' hominids island dwarfs?

Apr 17, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Was Homo floresiensis or the Man of Flores a separate species?

Neanderthal brawn lost out to social human brain

Mar 14, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Neanderthals bigger eyes and bodies meant they had less brain space to dedicate to social networking which may explain why they died out and Homo sapiens conquered the planet

DNA shows ancestry of present-day Asians, Native Americans

Jan 23, 2013 - 8:17 AM

Present day Asians and Native Americans are descended from a group of people who were already in China 40 000 years ago according to an analysis of fossil DNA published this week

Pedestrians walk past a high rise building in Hong Kong on January 17, 2013. AFP/ Philippe Lopez

Indians broke Australian isolation 4,000 years ago: study

Jan 15, 2013 - 2:48 PM

People from the Indian sub continent migrated to Australia and mixed with Aborigines 4 000 years ago bringing the dingo dog with them according to a study published Tuesday January 15

Land is life

Oct 13, 2012 - 10:52 PM

How can you own that which will outlive you?

NIKKI LUNA's 'SOIL' INSTALLATION at the Beat exhibit in Lopez Museum last August. Photo by Nikki Luna

Jay Ignacio: Unsheathing the bladed hand

Jul 27, 2012 - 3:21 PM

His first and only project so far is a documentary on Filipino Martial Arts borne out of passion and dedication to our culture

DIREK JAY IGNACIO. Photography by Paelo Bunyi Pedrajas. Grooming by Tony Dusich

We are all mestizos?

Jul 24, 2012 - 8:32 PM

A new DNA study is mapping out the genetic history of the Filipino people