In order for spoken language to be a possibility, a species has to have the right anatomical equipment. Studies of the Neanderthal skeleton can help to shed some light on this question by revealing whether Neanderthals possessed the features necessary for speech — and what that speech might have sounded like.
Modern-day shamans in a variety of sectors appear to tame uncertainty by embracing their otherness.
Generosity helps communities manage risk and cope with disasters. New research untangles the factors that lead people to help neighbors in need.
Anthropologists and linguists are working to understand how complex systems of communication emerge — and what they reveal about how to keep rare or threatened languages alive.
Having a strange and little-known condition is increasingly becoming a regular part of life, bonding patients together with a common cause.
The current administration's controversial "America First" trade policies have tapped into a pervasive feeling of abandonment across the postindustrial United States. But not all former factory workers are interested in reviving American industry.
Evidence gathered in recent years shows that some ancient narratives contain remarkably reliable records of real events.