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Dentition Day

This week I had the pleasure of talking to some visiting students about teeth. It was a Dentition Day! My interest in teeth started in my Bioarchaeology class as an undergrad, the day they brought in the formidable box of commingled teeth. 417 more words

Biological Anthropology

Taphonomy Trouble

The study of taphonomy is how we understand post mortem changes that occur to the body. Taphonomic changes are dependent on the environment, factors such as soil composition, temperatures, native plant and animals, and even the individual’s clothing contribute to the state of the remains. 412 more words

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Kendra Sirak develops less invasive sampling procedure for DNA analysis

Ancient DNA analysis can reveal insight into past populations on many levels. Unfortunately, accessing the osseous labyrinth inside the petrous bone, which has the highest concentration of endogenous DNA of any skeletal element, creates a problem for analysis: It requires intact skeletal remains. 53 more words


Tarsiers in Trouble: Vying for a Spot in the Top 25 Most Endangered Primates

From left to right: Tarsius pumilus and the dubious Carilto subspecies Carlito syrichta syrichta, Calrito syrichta carbonarius, Carlito syrichta fraterculus (Nash, 2014; Nash, 2015) 4,416 more words

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Jennifer Mascaro finds that a toddler's gender influences the brain responses and behavior of fathers

Jennifer Mascaro (PhD, Emory Anthropology) published a study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience based on work she did as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor James Rilling. 77 more words


Dr. Jessica Thompson on Homo naledi

In a recent eLife article, Dr. Jessica Thompson discusses how the newly discovered Homo naledi creates more questions than it answers in terms of the evolution of humans. 34 more words