A hand picks a ripe blackberry

You’re programmed to love sugar. An anthropologist explains why

Experiment after experiment finds the same thing: People are attracted to sugar from the moment they’re born.

Field of quinoa growing on Bolivia’s Taraco Peninsula, barn in back

The superfoods that fueled ancient Andeans through 2,500 years of turmoil

Archaeologists reconstruct a pre-Incan diet and find a lesson in human resilience.

Illustration of prehistoric woman hunting big game

Women were the early big-game hunters of America, research suggests

The findings are a challenge to the old hypothesis (and familiar image) of ‘man-the-hunter.’

Tsimane children on a riverbank

People’s bodies now run cooler than ‘normal’ — even in the Bolivian Amazon

‘Normal’ body temperature has declined all over the world — but why?

Will Madrigal

UC Riverside is the first UC campus to teach the Cahuilla language

Students in the four-class series also study Cahuilla society and culture

Holiday donation jar

The giving season

Evolutionary anthropologist Michael Gurven explains why the holidays bring out the better angels of our nature.

Moai statues

The mystery of Easter Island revealed?

Rapanui people likely believed the ancient monoliths helped food grow on the Polynesian island, study says.

Pyramid in Egypt

Shedding a new light on Egyptian mummies

Berkeley Lab teams work with Cairo University researchers to study soil and bone samples dating back 4,000 years.

Two scientists in lab coats looking at a tooth sample

Where DNA falls short in cracking crimes, scientists can use this new tool

Crime buffs know DNA has transformed forensics, but isn't always good enough. That's where proteomics comes in.

UC Riverside storybooks

How storybook lessons impart scholastic success

Differences in children's literature in the U.S., Mexico and China may help explain academic performance.