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. Russian digging site

    DNA reveals ancient Siberians who set the stage for the first Americans

    A previously unknown population of Ice Age people who traveled across Beringia was discovered in Russia.

  2. Ethiopia archaeological site

    Hominids may have been cutting-edge tool makers 2.6 million years ago

    Contested finds point to a sharp shift in toolmaking by early members of the Homo genus.

  3. South Africa cave

    Cave debris may be the oldest known example of people eating starch

    Charred material found in South Africa puts energy-rich roots and tubers on Stone Age menus, long before farming began.

  4. modern African herders in Tanzania

    Africa’s first herders spread pastoralism by mating with foragers

    DNA unveils long-ago hookups between early pastoralists and native hunter-gatherers in Africa.

  5. teeth

    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.

  6. wet weather

    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.

  7. fox snout pouch

    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.

  8. jaw bone

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. ancient Guatemalan carving

    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.

  12. a photo of a Cherokee inscription on the wall of a cave

    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.