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UC San Diego anthropologist receives National Academy of Sciences award for scientific reviewing
University of California, San Diego anthropologist Roy D'Andrade has been honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for excellence in scientific reviewing over the past decade. (2002-02-07)

Gift creates KSU Human Origins Study Institute
Kent State University will establish a unique, interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the study of how and why the human species emerged during the last seven million years. A gift of $6.8 million from Bruce P. and Pamela Ferrini in honor of their late son will enhance Kent State's expertise in biological anthropology by establishing the Matthew Ferrini Institute for Human Evolutionary Research. (2002-11-12)

Does father know best?
A study forthcoming in the June 2006 issue of Current Anthropology sheds new light a contentious issue: How accurate are men's suspicions of whether or not they are a child's biological father? Some studies have suggested that up to 10 percent of fathers are not the biological parents of their alleged child, but little is known about how this differs across cultures and to what extent men's paternity assessments reflect actual biological paternity. (2006-04-17)

Global perspectives on human biology and health
The research will draw on data collected from field sites in North and South America, Asia, the South Pacific and Africa to generate insights into human immune function, reproductive aging, nutrition and metabolism and chronic disease. (2014-02-16)

Pro-science vs anti-science debates
Recent attacks on 'grievance' studies have occasioned renewed attention to the politics of knowledge in the academy. In a wide-ranging survey, Mark Horowitz, William Yaworsky and Kenneth Kickham revisit some of anthropology's most sensitive controversies. Taking the field's temperature since the sweltry 'science wars' of the nineties, Horowitz and colleagues probe whether anthropology is still a house divided on questions of truth, justice and the American Anthropological Association. (2019-10-15)

Cyberschools, Racism, Pig's Kidneys, And Prehistoric Pollution
These are just a few of the topics included among 2700 papers to be presented at the 97th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, December 2-6, at the Philadelphia Marriott. (1998-10-01)

Research reveals connections between social science and high fashion
The presentation will be featured this month at the world's largest gathering of anthropologists. (2015-11-17)

Joining the hunt: New study investigates role of 'showoff hypothesis' in social decisions
A new study of the Hadza population in Tanzania, forthcoming in the April 2006 issue of Current Anthropology, explores the role of hunting in human evolution. Researchers have long tried to locate the advantage that hunting, a dangerous and tiring activity, brings to men. Though some have argued that good hunters have longer-lasting ties to mates and better-fed offspring, other research suggests that hunting provides an opportunity to garner social attention and increase one's mating prospects, also known as the (2006-02-28)

New book busts myths about sex, race and violence
A new book by University of Notre Dame anthropology professor Agustín Fuentes titled (2012-05-09)

The Anthropology of Christianity: Continuity thinking and the problem of Christian culture
Anthropologists have almost no track record of studying Christianity, a religion they have generally treated as not exotic enough to be of interest. Now, a new paper by one of the leading scholars in the developing field of the anthropology of Christianity explores the deep theoretical biases that make Christians difficult for anthropologists to study. The article, forthcoming in Current Anthropology, focuses on the ways Christian ideas about time and belief differ from anthropological ones. (2006-10-02)

Dennis Dirkmaat publishes new book on forensic anthropology
The new book, (2012-05-16)

Early human ancestors used their hands like modern humans
New research suggests pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought. (2015-01-22)

Book makes case for using evolution in everyday life
Evolution is not just about human origins, dinosaurs and fossils, says Binghamton University evolutionist David Sloan Wilson. It can also be applied to almost every aspect of human life, as he demonstrates in his first book for a general audience, (2007-06-14)

OU center examines how genomic information impacts medical care of Native Americans
A University of Oklahoma Center on American Indian and Alaska Native Genomic Research will examine the impact of genomic information on American Indian and Alaska Native communities and health care systems. A National Institutes of Health grant for $3,611,308 will allow the OU research team to collaborate with the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, the Chickasaw Nation and Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, to study knowledge and attitudes about genomics. (2016-05-23)

Study suggests poor mothers favor daughters
Poor mothers will invest more resources in daughters, who stand a greater chance of increasing their status through marriage than do sons, suggests a study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. (2012-06-21)

Multiple fathers prevalent in Amazonian cultures
A new University of Missouri study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found that up to 70 percent of Amazonian cultures may have believed in the principle of multiple paternity. (2010-11-10)

Team reports on abuse of students doing anthropological fieldwork
College athletes are not the only ones who sometimes suffer at the hands of higher ups. A new report brings to light a more hidden and pernicious problem -- the psychological, physical and sexual abuse of students in the field of biological anthropology working in field studies far from home. (2013-04-13)

Study finds field of forensic anthropology lacks diversity
The field of forensic anthropology is a relatively homogenous discipline in terms of diversity (people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with mental and physical disabilities, etc.) and this is highly problematic for the field of study and for most forensic anthropologists. (2020-10-23)

Telling teeth
Researchers at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg have investigated dental development for better estimations of chronological age in African populations. (2017-11-09)

Book on ape evolution wins W. W. Howells Award
A book titled (2009-09-29)

A sense of place
Cyberspace is widely considered to be lacking geography, rendering borders and distances irrelevant in a globalizing world. As a result, few have focused on how the very technologies that created the virtual space of the internet are also used to delineate physical locales. (2005-11-04)

Revamping science: Making room for more voices
Science is known for being objective and apolitical, but is it? Historically speaking, the voices of underrepresented groups have been missing from science, resulting in an often incomplete perspective of the world. Without these voices, we are left with skewed ideas about how race, ethnicity, class, sex, gender, and sexuality affect people's lives. A new collection of essays in American Anthropologist unpacks how increasingly diverse scientists speak back to these problems, by offering new and more complete understandings of diversity. (2019-03-12)

Cultural anthropologist Mark Flinn named 2013 AAAS Fellow
University of Missouri researcher Mark Flinn, professor of anthropology, has been selected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2012-12-03)

The 'spread of our species'
In a major new development in human evolutionary studies, researchers from the University of Cambridge argue that the dispersal of modern humans from Africa to South Asia may have occurred as recently as 70,000 years ago. (2005-11-04)

Locations: Anthropology in the academy, the workplace, and the public sphere
This release focuses on the Biannual Conference of the German Anthropological Association from October 2-5, 2013 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. (2013-07-29)

Skull features among Asian and Asian-derived groups differ significantly
Forensic anthropologists have now discovered that several skull features in Asian and Asian-derived groups differ significantly with regard to shape, such that they can be distinguished using statistical analyses. These findings highlight the future potential for developing more nuanced statistical methods that can potentially differentiate between groups that comprise the broad 'Asian' ancestral category in forensic casework. (2019-11-07)

Nature vs. nurture? Both are important, anthropologist argues
Evolutionary science stresses the contributions biology makes to our behavior. Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist. (2016-05-19)

The taming of the rat
If you worry about having a pet rat in case it bites you, then you can relax. Recent research has found that a domesticated strain of rat selectively bred for tameness never bites human handlers. (2016-07-06)

UMaine anthropologist wins Solon T. Kimball Award
University of Maine anthropology and marine sciences professor James Acheson has been named the 2004 winner of the American Anthropological Association's Kimball award for effecting change in public policy. The award, given only every other year since 1978, recognizes outstanding achievement in applied anthropology and research that has had an impact on public policy. (2004-09-24)

Texas A&M scientists say early Americans arrived earlier
A team led by two Texas A&M University anthropologists now believes the first Americans came to this country 1,000 to 2,000 years earlier than the 13,500 years ago previously thought, which could shift historic timelines. (2008-03-20)

Genetics used to prove linguistic theories
Most comparisons of language and inherited traits consider whether genetic patterns conform with expected relationships observed by linguists. But few have considered the use of genetic data to support specific hypotheses raised by linguists regarding the relationships between language families. (2005-11-04)

New understanding of human sacrifice in early Peru
A study published in the August/October issue of Current Anthropology, reports on new archaeological evidence regarding the identities of human sacrifice victims of the Moche society of Peru. (2005-08-25)

The first baby boom
In an important new study assessing the demographic impact of the shift from foraging to farming, anthropologists use evidence from 60 prehistoric American cemeteries to prove that the invention of agriculture led to a significant worldwide increase in birth rate. (2006-01-03)

Skull dimensions of Dominicans and Haitians differ despite close physical proximity
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have conducted a craniometric study (measuring the main part of the skull) on understudied and marginalized groups and found that skull dimensions of Dominicans and Haitians, who occupy a relatively small island of Hispaniola, are different from each other. (2019-10-31)

Advances in medical care have led to type 1 diabetes boom
Researchers from the University of Adelaide say the global increase in cases of type 1 diabetes is directly linked to advances in medical care, with the underlying genetics of the disease more likely to be passed from one generation to the next. (2016-05-05)

Coral reef reveals history of fickle weather in the central Pacific
For more than five decades, archaeologists, geographers, and other researchers studying the Pacific Islands have used a model of late Holocene climate change based largely on other regions of the world. However, a new study uses evidence from the long-lived Pacific corals to suggest that the climate in the Pacific diverged from the rest of the world during two major climate periods: the (2006-05-16)

Forensic research on modern child abuse can shed light on past cultures
Biological anthropologists look at skeletal remains of past cultures to gain insight into how earlier peoples lived, and forensic anthropologists work with modern-day law enforcement to decipher skeletal evidence and solve crimes. Forensic experts have now published guidance on how research into modern-day forensic analysis of child-abuse victims can be used to shed light on how children of earlier cultures were treated. (2016-01-14)

Cyborgs closer to becoming a reality of human evolution
Our excitement with and rapid uptake of technology -- and the growing opportunities for artificial brain enhancement -- are putting humans more firmly on the path to becoming cyborgs, according to evolution experts from the University of Adelaide. (2016-05-27)

Young Scholars Social Science Summit
Five social scientists from psychology, economics, demography, anthropology and geography will discuss the topic of refugees to demonstrate to high school students how each discipline contributes to solving important human problems. Washington DC high school teachers selected the students based on their interest and abilities in the social sciences. (2003-01-29)

Walker receives Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award
Alan Walker, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Biology was awarded the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. (2017-01-24)

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