The Woman Who Shot Elephants for America's Natural History Museums

Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed… » 11/17/13 1:26pm 11/17/13 1:26pm

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the… » 11/15/13 4:50pm 11/15/13 4:50pm

Evolution is steered by aggressive competition between females

One of the classic images from evolutionary theory is of two males smashing each other up to compete for the chance to fertilize a female. Scientists have spent over a century studying this kind of male competition, but new discoveries reveal that competition between females is just as important. » 11/11/13 4:42pm 11/11/13 4:42pm

Relax, Everyone Who Isn't Cary Grant: There Is No Ideal Chin

Does this sound familiar? "Grow. Just grow. Why won't you grow, you stupid piece of trash stuck to the bottom of my face. Yes, you're garbage. You're a garbage chin." No? How about this? "You hulking monstrosity. It makes me sick to look at you. How does my jaw even support you? You're so huge, chin. Why do you have… » 4/11/13 11:31am 4/11/13 11:31am

Polyandry Is Actually Way More Popular Than Anthropologists Have Led Us…

If you knew anything about evolutionary biology, you'd know that polyandry, the practice of taking more than one husband, is an evolutionary aberration in human social structures because all human social structures would look exactly like lion prides or gorilla troops if nature took its proper misogynistic course. Men… » 2/02/13 3:00pm 2/02/13 3:00pm

Viking Women Could Invade With the Best of Them

Before the Vikings were going on pleasure boat cruises or losing big important football games by blowing it at the very last minute, they were a race of Norsemen who road around on longboats and had enviably badass funerals. While conventional wisdom and archaeology methods initially indicated that they were mostly… » 7/19/11 9:44pm 7/19/11 9:44pm