A vital stop on China's ancient Silk Road, the Uighur city of Kashgar may lose its old quarter to plans for "progress"
Studies of hominid fossils, like 4.4-million-year-old "Ardi," are changing ideas about human origins
With more Americans sampling Vietnam's savory soup, a noted food critic and an esteemed maestro track down the city's best
It is thanks to the first lady that the famous Stuart painting of George Washington survived the British army's invasion of D.C. in August 1814
The first memoir by a White House slave recreates the events of August 23, 1814
Scientists converge on the northernmost city in the United States to study global warming's dramatic consequences
Descended from animals brought by Spanish conquistadors centuries ago, wild horses roam the West. But are they running out of room?
The celebrated writer returns to the town of her birth to revisit the places that haunt her memory and her extraordinary fiction
Excavations in Ethiopia and Lockport, New York
Readers Respond to the January Issue
Shelby Lee Adams' 1990 photograph of life in the eastern Kentucky mountains captured a poignant tradition
Momentous or Merely Memorable
A series of statues by sculptor John Gurche brings us face to face with our early ancestors
A rare cache of hominid fossils from the Kurdistan area of northern Iraq offers a window on Neanderthal culture
The Smithsonian anthropologist turned heads when he proposed that climate change was the driving force in human evolution
From underwater hockey to chess boxing, could these unheralded hybrid sports be ready for prime time?