• Because Your DNA Says So

    Your DNA is unique, and it makes you a human, not any other animal. Sequencing DNA lets us identify genetic similarities and differences that relate to species similarities and differences.

Ask An Anthropologist

Ask An Anthropologist is an educational resource for students, teachers, parents, and life-long learners. We encourage anyone interested in anthropology to make use of its content.

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Becoming human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution.

Link to Primate family tree
As humans, we have a place on the primate family tree. We can find it by studying other primates and comparing their traits to our own.
Hand made

When you put on the mitts and try to build a structure, you will get a sense of how hard it would be to do things that we do every day if our hands were shaped differently.

Tales of Teeth - photo of ancient tooth

You are sitting in a dark movie theater. You are trying to enjoy the movie, but you keep thinking about a pesky piece of popcorn stuck between your molars, the back teeth. After fumbling for a toothpick in your pocket, you dislodge the popcorn.

Link to There's No "I" in Human

Teamwork isn’t just something you do playing sports. It’s also a very important part of what makes humans unique.