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Meet the Flexians

A new professional class of movers and shakers—people who serve overlapping roles in government, business, and media with smiling finesse—is controlling the flow of power and money in America. The anthropologist Janine Wedel is bent on making us understand just how dangerous this new normal can be.

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The Pit House

Our multimedia presentation on the evolution of fairness continues with a visit to the reconstructed houses that saw the rise of a ‘transegalitarian’ society.

Charting Genomes: Old Hairs Create New Headaches

Two studies make similar strides in identifying how mankind came to populate the Earth, but their differing approaches to gathering and using samples open up ethical questions.

Law of the Jungle: Powerful Men Have More Children

Anthropologist Christopher von Rueden’s studies of a Bolivian tribe suggest that men’s instinctive drive for power is a strategy to seed their descendants thickly.

Comet Theory Comes Crashing to Earth

An elegant archaeological hypothesis, under fire for results that can’t be replicated, may ultimately come undone.

Forensics in Three Dimensions

For the first time, a tool allows researchers to identify the ancestry of the remains of children, which may help solve some forensic cold cases.

The Scrutable Asian

The Fox family of television networks is not exactly known for its subtle look at the nature of cultural difference.

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The Big One

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