Tomatoes

Tomatoes are such a perfect food. Sadly, many people strongly dislike them. I can’t imagine why. They are the perfect evolutionary color–a bright red when ripe to attract vision-oriented primates. They are loaded with nutrients and a vital part of a healthy diet. They are also so versatile–great raw or cooked, on their own orContinue reading “Tomatoes”

Evolutionary Process and Normalcy

This is perhaps more of a heuristic extension of natural process to culture and draws together a disparate group of ideas about human tendency (both as products of environment and natural selection and as cultural products and producers). That caveat stated, I wanted to think about modernity and conformity but place it within a frameContinue reading “Evolutionary Process and Normalcy”

Evolution, Emotion, and Language

In a study on Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert, a team from the University of Zurich found that young meerkats respond to vocalization information about “threat urgency” (via tone) earlier than “threat type” (via variation in vocalization) as compared to older meerkats who can distinguish both pieces of information. The researchers argue this association betweenContinue reading “Evolution, Emotion, and Language”

Sacred and Corporate

Settlement archaeologists take pains to reconstruct, among other things, how past populations used their space. One site may have a plethora of temples, another homogenized dwelling spaces, and yet another central courtyards where tools were made communally. We can learn so much from looking at how we organize ourselves and our activities in space. ThereContinue reading “Sacred and Corporate”

Food Sex and Evolution?

As a bioanthropologist, I am interested in the biocultural evolutionary context of the human experience, from primitive to modern. Driving forces of evolution are the quest for food and sex and they form an essential part of our human experience. Sexual reproduction is one source of our genetic variation and our adaptations to food andContinue reading “Food Sex and Evolution?”