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. jaw bone
    Animals

    A tooth fossil shows Gigantopithecus’ close ties to modern orangutans

    Proteins from the past help clarify how an ancient Asian ape that was larger than a full-grown, modern male gorilla evolved.

  2. ancient ape bones
    Humans

    Fossils suggest tree-dwelling apes walked upright long before hominids did

    A partial skeleton from an 11.6-million-year-old European ape still doesn’t answer how hominids adopted a two-legged gait.

  3. Crosses for Chicago gun violence victims
    Science & Society

    Can neighborhood outreach reduce inner-city gun violence in the U.S.?

    While mass shootings grab U.S. headlines, the steady scourge of inner-city gun violence gets less attention — and fewer solutions.

  4. eagle
    Archaeology

    A toe bone hints that Neandertals used eagle talons as jewelry

    An ancient eagle toe bone elevates the case for the use of symbolic bird-of-prey pendants among Neandertals, researchers say.

  5. San hunter gatherers
    Humans

    Humans’ maternal ancestors may have arisen 200,000 years ago in southern Africa

    New DNA findings on humankind’s maternal roots don’t offer a complete picture of how and when Homo sapiens emerged.

  6. hand stencils
    Humans

    Dating questions challenge whether Neandertals drew Spanish cave art

    A method used to date cave paintings in Spain may have overestimated the art’s age by thousands of years, putting its creation after Neandertal times.

  7. Easter Island statues
    Humans

    Quarrying stone for Easter Island statues made soil more fertile for farming

    Easter Island’s Polynesian society grew crops in soil made especially fertile by the quarrying of rock for large, humanlike statues, a study suggests.

  8. Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee
    Science & Society

    Economics Nobel goes to poverty-fighting science

    Three scientists share the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing real-world interventions for tackling poverty.

  9. Bronze Age skeleton
    Archaeology

    Ancient European households combined the rich and poor

    Homes combined “haves” and “have-nots” in a male-run system, suggests a study that challenges traditional views of ancient social stratification.

  10. ancient baby bottles
    Archaeology

    Baby bottles may go back millennia in Europe

    Europe’s early farmers used spouted vessels to wean infants, an analysis of residue from animal milk left in the containers suggests.

  11. Denisovan girl drawing
    Humans

    Ancient DNA reveals the first glimpse of what a Denisovan may have looked like

    A controversial technique reconstructs a teenage Denisovan’s physical appearance from genetics.

  12. St. Catherines Island
    Humans

    An island grave site hints at far-flung ties among ancient Americans

    Great Lakes and southeastern coastal hunter-gatherers had direct contact around 4,000 years ago, a study suggests.