| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:40 PM
In the humid foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, deep within a carnivore's bloody lair, an early human ancestor fought a life-or-death struggle, and lost.
He had entered the den on a scavenging mission, possibly with several others. Their plan: Use a...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 8:00 AM
A pharmaceutical mogul who traveled the world collecting objects made by native artists and left them to a trust in London probably never would have guessed that 30,000 of those works would end up at UCLA's Fowler Museum.
Now, with the museum turning 50...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 4:38 PM
Fred Katz, a musician, composer and educator who helped introduce the cello to jazz, died Sept. 7 in Santa Monica from complications of kidney failure and liver cancer. He was 94.
His death was confirmed by his son, Hyman Katz.
A child prodigy on...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 1:03 PM
Smaller testicle size in men appears to be linked to greater involvement in child rearing, according to Georgia researchers.
The study, published recently in the journal PNAS, was conducted by anthropologists at Emory University in Atlanta and...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:57 PM
An adversary looms larger and stronger if you’re incapacitated or off-balance, according to a study by UCLA anthropologists that places the classic “fight, flight or parley” question in an evolutionary context.
The study, part of a...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Anthropologists said this week that DNA from ancient bones from northern British Columbia demonstrates a direct link between long-ago inhabitants and Native American descendants who live in the region today.
Assembling complete mitochondrial DNA genomes...
| May 16, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Mmmm. Just look at that plump little cicada. Can you imagine plucking it off its leaf and popping it in your mouth? Too much? How about after it's flash fried with a little butter, garlic and sea salt?
Face it, America. We're inch-worming our way closer...
| May 6, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women will be presenting a symposium on the "Cultural Politics of Seeds" on May 17, as part of the Life (Un)Ltd project which explores the impact of recent developments in biotechnology and biosciences on feminist studies....
| May 1, 2013
| 1:47 PM
The early American settlers called it "the starving time," and accounts of the winter of 1609-1610 were so ghastly, and so morbid, that scholars weren't sure if the stories were true.
George Percy, then president of the English settlement of Jamestown...
| Apr 18, 2013
Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, an architect who changed the face of Mexico City by designing a number of landmark modernist structures, died on Tuesday, his 94th birthday.
The cause was pneumonia, according to Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts....
| Apr 5, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Did civilization begin at the moment when the first human impaled a bit of meat on a twig and charred it over a lightning fire? Claude Lévi-Strauss had a theory about it, we are sure, but we haven't taken an anthropology class for a long, long time. At...