Barbara J King

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What Drove Neanderthals To Extinction? Maybe Us.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King reviews a new book that suggests domesticating the wolf gave early modern humans an extra edge in hunting that pushed Neanderthals to extinction.


We May Have Snakes To Thank For Our Acute Vision

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at a new paper supporting the snake-detection theory, a set of hypotheses suggesting we owe certain features of our evolution to the risks posed by snakes.


Does Being Vegan Really Help Animals?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

More people are moving toward a plant-based diet, for a variety of reasons. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks three animal activists what this might mean for animals — and the world.


Winter Zen: Taking A Cue From Snow Monkeys

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Famous already for epic snowstorms, winter 2015 isn't done with us yet. Anthropologist Barbara J. King says she found much-needed calm in this film of Japanese snow monkeys coping with winter.

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A Toxic Stew: Risks To Women Of Public Feminism

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Threats to physical and emotional well-being often assail women who publicly avow their feminism, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Can You Hear Nature's Sounds?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our lives are now so noisy that we're at risk of shutting out nature's beautiful sounds, a new study shows. Anthropologist Barbara J. King invites us to be still and listen to the world.


A Valentine For People Living With Dementia

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sometimes our loved ones who suffer from dementia surprise us — and teach us new lessons, as commentator Barbara J. King found out this week.


Fossil Provides Evidence Of Early Human Migration To Europe

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Humans evolved in Africa. How and when did we migrate from our ancestral home to Europe? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains new fossil evidence from Israel.


Plight Of Baby Lab Monkeys Reaches Congress

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Experiments that separate newborn baby monkeys from their mothers came under scrutiny this week on Capitol Hill. Anthropologist Barbara J. King was among those who testified.


Mind Your Moods, Cat Owners

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Barbara J. King says much is made of how attuned dogs are to humans — but new research shows that cats, too, check out our faces and voices closely when put in unfamiliar or worrisome situations.

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What's Right About A 6-Year-Old Who Breast-Feeds

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A UK woman's breastfeeding of her school-aged daughter has caused a furor. Anthropologist Barbara J. King tells us why everyone should calm down — and why prolonged breastfeeding can be beneficial.


My 'Word Of 2014': Privilege

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The word "privilege" was invoked a great deal in our national discourse last year. It's a word that invites us to listen and learn, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Reflecting On The Year In Animals

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King looks back at animals in the news this past year — and offers her top five animal videos of 2014, including altruistic tortoises, playful fish and happy hens.


Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maternal love among chimpanzees is abundant, says commentator Barbara J. King. But things can take an unexpected turn, as in this short video when a mom covets her son's nut-cracking tools.


FIFA Begins Meeting After American Lawyer's Angry Resignation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Soccer's governing body will, among other things, discuss preparations for the 2018 World Cup. But it's the resignation of Michael Garcia over his corruption report that is likely to draw attention.


In Transgender Teen's Fight, Echoes Of Others

Thursday, December 11, 2014

An explosive case in her own rural Virginia community leads anthropologist Barbara J. King to explore the role of local school boards in protecting — and promoting — transgender teens' rights.


Would You Run 3,080 Miles For Science?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

What are the limits of the human body and mind during extreme-endurance racing? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews the research director of an upcoming 3,080-mile run across the United States.


On This Thanksgiving, Celebrating The Wild Turkey

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wild turkeys are smart, curious and sweet animals. But sometimes they bring attitude to encounters with humans, commentator Barbara J. King says.


Can't Sleep? Maybe Thinking About Evolution Will Help

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says the cross-cultural norm for sleep deviates significantly from the long, uninterrupted night of rest insomniacs may dream about — if they can sleep enough to dream.


Attempting Sex, An Octopus Gets A Surprise

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A brief video clip of a dramatic octopus encounter documents a surprising moment in undersea mating behavior, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.