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.

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What does it mean to be human? Take a look at the story of how we became…well…us. The search for our first ancestors who looked and acted like people today is the search for what it means to be human.

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.
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Humans aren't the only animals with complicated social lives. Studying how other primates interact with each other can help us figure out why humans live the way they do.
Learn about William Kimbel and the brainy branch of human evolution

Our species, Homo sapiens, are incredibly unique among the species on Earth today.