Hominids


Did fighting push early humans to stand upright? According to a study by researcher David Carrier, yes. (more…)

After a long day of work, one of my favorite ways to relax is cooking dinner. Seriously. Ask anyone who knows me: I love to cook. Nothing fuels my creative juices like trying a new recipe. Shopping for ingredients, mastering a new technique, even chopping vegetables—I relish it all. My infinitely patient husband calmly endures my culinary experiments. Tomorrow I’m subjecting him to butternut squash soup in pumpkin bowls. Of course, the best part is earning rave reviews.

What is it about humans and their obsession with food? (more…)

Do Neanderthals belong in the human family tree?

“You get that from your dad’s side of the family.”

I hear this comment a lot—and with good reason. Of the three daughters born to my parents, I’m most like my father in personality and looks.

Ancestry is an interesting thing. It’s easy to see what traits we’ve inherited from parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. But who else resides in our family tree? (more…)