Category: Anthropology

Our departure (and return) from Africa: a matter of temperature and walking food

Homo erectus, approximately 1.8 million years ago, abandoned its African cradle and spread throughout Western Asia, later in Eastern Asia and southern Europe. This migration was the first of several colonizing waves that emerged from Africa. The reason for this huge migratory movement, as in many other events in human history, was probably caused by climate change.
How agriculture caused us to become shorter than we were
How agriculture caused us to become shorter than we were
While the maximum height a person reaches is largely influenced by genes, the actual height is severely restricted by the environment: malnutrition, disease or other physiological pressures prevent the person from growing as much as he should. For that reason, and looking at height, we can affirm that the birth of agriculture was not a growth of it, but rather a setback.
The oldest figurative painting in the world can be found in a cave in Borneo
The oldest figurative painting in the world can be found in a cave in Borneo
In a cave in the Borneo jungle, a group of researchers have found the oldest figurative painting in the world. The cave drawing in Borneo, which represents an animal, is at least 40,000 years old, generating intriguing questions about creativity in ancient societies.
Archaeologists discover that bread existed 4,000 years before agriculture
Archaeologists discover that bread existed 4,000 years before agriculture
Remains of what could be the oldest bread ever baked have been discovered in a Middle Eastern desert. The carbonized 14,400-year-old crumbs found in Jordan show that bread making was prior to the arrival of agriculture in at least 4,000 years. Previously, the oldest evidence of breadmaking came from a Neolithic site of 9.
The endangered language of this tribe is amplified with drums
The endangered language of this tribe is amplified with drums
The Bora people of the Northwest of the Amazon, an indigenous group of about 1,500 members residing in small communities in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia and Peru, not only reproduce the melody of words and sentences in this endangered language, but also their rhythm. In this way, its language not only has rhythm, but its sound reaches far beyond the human voice, and thus public messages can be released, as a megaphone.
This is the face of the 'first' Cromañón, and it has a tumor
This is the face of the 'first' Cromañón, and it has a tumor
Scientists at the University of Versailles in Sant Quentin in Yvelines conducted a direct anthropological and medical examination, carried out a CT micro-scanner, of the skull 'Cro-Magnon 1', the 'first' man of Cromañón, whose remains date from 27,680 years and were discovered 150 years ago in the Cave of Eyzies (France).
The oldest salary in the world was cashed in beer
The oldest salary in the world was cashed in beer
Roman soldiers guarding the Via Salaria route received part of their payment in salt. This part was called "salarium argentum" (salt aggregate). From there comes the word "salary." However, do not salt the first thing that was used to pay a salary or salary. The first was beer. Cervezario About 5000 years ago, people who lived in the city of Uruk, in modern Iraq, wrote in a language called cuneiform, one of the oldest forms of written expression.
This is the way in which the population has grown in two thousand years
This is the way in which the population has grown in two thousand years
With its ups and downs, in two thousand years we have gone from being 170 million human beings to 7,500 million, and in the year 2100, if we continue at this rate, we will already reach the figure of 11,000 million human beings. The point is that every time we grow at the same speed, so 1,000 million we become 7.
Good and bad things that religion has propitiated
Good and bad things that religion has propitiated
The Nobel Prize in Physics Steven Weinberg said that "With or without religion, good people will do good and bad people will do evil, but for good people to do evil, religion is needed." However, while he is partly right, it is also true that religions have produced both positive and negative effects.
I am not a country (nor a culture, a city, a neighborhood or a block of flats)
I am not a country (nor a culture, a city, a neighborhood or a block of flats)
I have never understood the emotional drive that pushes people to wrap themselves with a flag. Well, I do understand it at the biological level, but I am unable to empathize with it. Nor does he empathize with the viewer's pride when his favorite football team wins a match. Or those who say "we have won" when a certain Spanish gets a prize or parabien in another country.
This was the favorite food of the Iron Age man
This was the favorite food of the Iron Age man
As a group of Portuguese researchers who work in the Portuguese village of Vila do Touro de Sabugal has discovered, as you can see in the video that heads this post, beans and peas made up the diet of the Iron Age men . Among the charred seeds have also appeared some cereals such as wheat, rye or millet.
This is the oldest construction of the human being and has been found in France
This is the oldest construction of the human being and has been found in France
In the bowels of a cave in the southwest of France called the Bruniquel cave, the oldest structures built by humans have been found, thanks to a discovery by an archaeologist team led by Jean-Jacques Hublin, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
Are we facing the tomb of Aristotle?
Are we facing the tomb of Aristotle?
Aristotle was a capital figure for the development of classical culture and thought, and he elaborated some ideas that even today we can do our own: he argued, for example, that it was incompatible to do something that would accomplish and complete us and, at the same time, They will pay us for it. Working for money was something like prostitution.
70 new engravings of the Upper Paleolithic are found
70 new engravings of the Upper Paleolithic are found
The Upper Paleolithic is the third and last of the periods in which the Paleolithic is divided, the initial stage of the Stone Age. It extends approximately between the years 40-30 000 before the present (AP) and 12-10 000 AP. Now, in the cave of Atxurra, near Lekeitio, Vizcaya, a group of archaeological researchers from the Vizcaya county council, they have found a "sanctuary" that contains fourteen panels with at least 70 engravings of animals from this period, as you can See in the video that tops this post.
"People who do meaningless things" and other appeals to the white man
"People who do meaningless things" and other appeals to the white man
In the brief essay How the American Indian Named White Man ("What the Indians called the white men"), by anthropologist Alexander F. Chamberlain, many other expressions are collected that various tribes assigned to the outsiders who visited them. The Kiowas, for example, call the white man as Ganoko, which can be translated as those who growl).
Why did Europeans exterminate 95% of Americans? By pigs and chickens
Why did Europeans exterminate 95% of Americans? By pigs and chickens
Approximately 95% of the human population native to America ended up being exterminated by the Europeans who came there. Among the Americans there were great technological disadvantages: because it cost more to domesticate plant crops and animals, the number of inhabitants of the containment was not very high, it did not grow enough to make possible the level of interaction necessary for the creation of inventions new.
Our departure (and return) from Africa: a matter of temperature and walking food
Our departure (and return) from Africa: a matter of temperature and walking food
Homo erectus, approximately 1.8 million years ago, abandoned its African cradle and spread throughout Western Asia, later in Eastern Asia and southern Europe. This migration was the first of several colonizing waves that emerged from Africa. The reason for this huge migratory movement, as in many other events in human history, was probably caused by climate change.
What lice can teach us
What lice can teach us
When did the man really start being Homo sapiens? There may not be a line that clearly separates that moment, but we can give some ideas. Perhaps one of the moments in which we can place these barriers is when we begin to dress, in which we begin to wear clothes to shelter from the cold.
Why are the rich so disgustingly capricious?
Why are the rich so disgustingly capricious?
No need to look at Justin Bieber or the club of the exclusive golf club, many millionaires or powerful are so capricious that border on the psychopathic. Let's take a look at Swaziland, a small African country whose king lives surrounded by virgins and his life expectancy triples that of the average citizen, mostly infected with HIV (here you can read all kinds of whims carried out by this king of excess).
This is what we know of people who were buried as vampires in medieval Poland
This is what we know of people who were buried as vampires in medieval Poland
Between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in northwestern Poland, there were a series of funeral rites different from the usual in order to avoid the risk of the corpses becoming vampires. They are called apotropaic funeral rites, a traditional practice aimed at avoiding evil or evil spirits.
When do babies begin to feel they have to endure and go to the bathroom?
When do babies begin to feel they have to endure and go to the bathroom?
Newborns pee an average of twenty times a day, in many areas such as in India, China, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and some parts of Africa, babies do not wear diapers, when they go, they are taken a while to the toilet or latrine. This system is also gaining more and more followers in the US.