Bruce Bower

Bruce Bower

Behavioral Sciences Writer

Bruce Bower has written about the behavioral sciences since 1984. He often writes about psychology, anthropology, archaeology and mental health issues. Bruce has a master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Following an internship at Science News in 1981, he worked as a reporter at Psychiatric News, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, until joining Science News as a staff writer. In 1996, the American Psychological Association appointed Bruce a Science Writer Fellow, with a grant to visit psychological scientists of his own choosing. Early stints as an aide in a day school for children and teenagers with severe psychological problems and as a counselor in a drug diversion center provided Bruce with a surprisingly good background for a career in science journalism.

All Stories by Bruce Bower

  1. teeth
    Anthropology

    Fossil teeth push the human-Neandertal split back to about 1 million years ago

    A study of fossilized teeth shifts the age of the last common ancestor between Neandertals and humans.

  2. wet weather
    Archaeology

    Ancient South American populations dipped due to an erratic climate

    Scientists link bouts of intense rainfall and drought around 8,600 to 6,000 years ago to declining numbers of South American hunter-gatherers.

  3. fox snout pouch
    Archaeology

    An ancient pouch reveals the hallucinogen stash of an Andes shaman

    South American shamans in the Andes Mountains carried mind-altering ingredients 1,000 years ago, a study finds.

  4. jaw bone
    Anthropology

    A jawbone shows Denisovans lived on the Tibetan Plateau long before humans

    A Denisovan jaw is the earliest evidence of hominids on the Tibetan Plateau, and the first fossil outside of Siberia from the mysterious human lineage.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Why war’s emotional wounds run deeper for some kids and not others

    Researchers examine why war’s emotional wounds run deep in some youngsters, not others.

  6. Archaeology

    Excavations show hunter-gatherers lived in the Amazon more than 10,000 years ago

    Early foragers may have laid the foundation for farming’s ascent in South America’s tropical forests.

  7. ancient Guatemalan carving
    Archaeology

    Ancient sculptors made magnetic figures from rocks struck by lightning

    Carved ‘potbelly’ stone sculptures suggest people in what’s now Guatemala knew about magnetism more than 2,000 years ago.

  8. a photo of a Cherokee inscription on the wall of a cave
    Archaeology

    Newly translated Cherokee cave writings reveal sacred messages

    Cherokee inscriptions highlight the tribe’s rituals nearly 200 years ago in what’s now a tourist cave in Alabama.

  9. Tokyo
    Archaeology

    ‘Cities’ reveals common ground between ancient and modern urban life

    In the book ‘Cities,’ archaeologist Monica Smith sees the positives in past and present metropolises.

  10. Philippines cave
    Anthropology

    A new hominid species has been found in a Philippine cave, fossils suggest

    Cave fossils found in the Philippines come from a newly discovered member of the human lineage, researchers say.

  11. Hyksos palace ruins
    Anthropology

    Foreigners may have conquered ancient Egypt without invading it

    Dental evidence suggests female Hyksos immigrants married into power.

  12. Denisova Cave
    Anthropology

    The first known fossil of a Denisovan skull has been found in a Siberian cave

    A new fossil and evidence that the hominids interbred with humans as recently as 15,000 years ago only add to Denisovans’ mystery.