DNA study reveals modern humans emerged from several groups in Africa, not one.
Past studies of human genetics have proposed the theory that modern humans originated from a single population in Africa. But a new paper, published last week in the journal Nature, put this idea to the test—and concluded it doesn’t hold up. The paper relies on modeling using the genomes of 290 living people from southern, eastern… Continue reading
The Hakki Pikki Tribe
The Hakki Pikki Tribe from Karnataka were recently in the news because they are stranded in violence-hit Sudan. “Hakki Pikki” translates to “Bird Catchers”. Hakki Pikki is a semi-nodamic tribe whose members were traditionally involved in hunting, but had to give up the activity due to India’s Wildlife Protection laws. They are now involved in… Continue reading
The evolutionary adaptation of wrinkling of fingers submerged in water.
Have you wondered why your fingers wrinkle when submerged in water? This response of the skin has an evolutionary advantage to the humans. Read this interesting article published by the BBC. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220620-why-humans-evolved-to-have-fingers-that-wrinkle-in-the-bath Feature Photo by Andre Moura: https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-person-s-hand-submerged-in-water-2499417/ Continue reading
Answer Writing Tips in Anthropology
What’s the difference between “examine” and “evaluate” or “elucidate” and “discuss”? This blog provides you with important tips about answer writing in civil services mains eamination. Continue reading
𝐕𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢: 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐌 | Irawati Karve Irawati Karve was the first woman anthropologist in India. She headed the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Deccan College, Pune and also presided over the Anthropology division of the National Science Congress in 1947. Her book, Yuganta: The End of an Epoch, won the Sahitya Akademi Award. Courtesy:… Continue reading
Anthropology Optional for UPSC – Revision Tips and FAQs
Q. Can I revise in any order, or only in the sequence in which I have learnt? You can surely revise in any order, and in fact, if physical anthropology is something that was new to you, I recommend that you start with that, or a topic that you like. You can go in any… Continue reading
How COVID-19 Affects Tribes and Indigenous Peoples
The pandemic has multiple consequences and dimensions to how it affects the Indigenous Peoples of the World. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the human species, in the context of the economy, psychological mindset, social relationships, and most importantly physical health. If you look at each of these aspects from a holistic view, as is done by… Continue reading
Surprising similarities in stone tools of early humans and monkeys
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT has published an interesting article on similarities between the stone tools used by macaques (a group of old world monkeys) in Thailand and those that were intentionally manufactured by early Hominins discovered in East Africa. (Lower Paleolithic) “The ability to intentionally make sharp stone flakes is seen as a crucial point in the evolution… Continue reading
Anthropology Booklist for Self-Study
If you are preparing for Anthropology optional by yourself and without the guidance from any professional coach, you need a reliable list of books that will help you prepare for the Mains Examination as your optional is worth a whooping 500 marks. The Book List Here is a video on some tips for self-study that… Continue reading
Anthropology as an optional for Civil Services Examination
A comprehensive note on how anthropology can help in Civil Services Examination, not just as an optional but also its relevance in General Studies and General Essay. Continue reading
i think, therefore i am.
Cogito, ergo sum is a Latin philosophical proposition by René Descartes usually translated into English as “I think, therefore I am”, probably the one thing that defines our specie.