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Anthropology

Evolution will make our wisdom teeth disappear

A simple mathematical formula explains why our teeth look the way they do and suggest that our wisdom teeth will eventually disappear.

Do stricter border controls increase human trafficking?

Are the EU's strict migration rules increasing the risk of women falling prey to traffickers, as their only way into Europe? New research project aims to find out.

Life changes with electricity

Over the next fifteen years, 1.3 billion people will get access to electricity for the first time. How will this affect the societies concerned?

Ice Age hunters reveal new line of European ancestry

Scientists discover a new line of European ancestry in the Caucasus Mountains, which suggest that we are the result of a mixture between four groups.

How skeletons reveal gruesome secrets about our ancestors

A new study provides a unique insight into what life was like in the Middle Ages.

Anthropologist: this is how I met the spirits

What a scientist learned from his encounter with a necromancer and the spirits of his ancestors.

Prehistoric humans were far smarter than previously assumed

325,000-year-old stone tools go to prove that our forefathers were far better at collaborating and planning than we thought.

What is a dignified life?

The limits for when life is worth living are constantly changing. How long should we actually continue to treat a dementia patient who has lost the ability to speak and remember?

Do adults owe their parents anything?

The welfare state has set us free, so we no longer have any obligations to our parents after we turn 18. So what can family members expect of one another when the legal obligations stop?

Following students on study drugs

An increasing number of healthy students dope themselves with ADHD drugs. What happens when ‘study drugs’ become normal? A new study sets out to find the answer.