Tag: anthropology

Where Credit is Due: How Acknowledging Expertise Can Help Conservation Efforts

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Scientists know that tapping into local expertise is key to conservation efforts aimed at protecting biodiversity – but researchers rarely give credit to these local experts. Now some scientists are saying that’s a problem, both for the local experts and for the science itself. To address the problem, a group of scientists is calling for

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Can You Tell Which Skull Is Which?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | Tags: ,

A recent study from NC State forensic anthropologists found that even forensic experts have a hard time making a positive identification of human remains based on the shape of a person’s skull. Specifically, only 56 percent of forensic anthropology Ph.D.s (the bone experts) could correctly match two images of the same skull, based solely on

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Face-to-Face: Skull Study Shows Variation of Pre-Columbian Cultures in Mexico

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 | Tags: ,

A new analysis of the skulls of prehistoric peoples in Mexico reveals significant regional variation in the facial characteristics of indigenous populations – indicating that there were notable physical differences between geographically separate groups before the arrival of Europeans. “There has long been a school of thought that there was little physical variation prior to

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In the Footsteps of Indiana Jones: A New Archaeological Excavation at Petra

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Tom Parker, a professor of history at NC State. Parker has served on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East for more than 30 years. Since 1994, Parker has been director of the Roman Aqaba Project, overseeing archaeological research on the Roman frontier in Jordan. A blog

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New Research Findings Consistent With Theory of Impact Event 12,900 Years Ago

Monday, September 24th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

New research findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) are consistent with a controversial theory that an extraterrestrial body – such as a comet – impacted the Earth approximately 12,900 years ago, possibly contributing to the significant climatic and ecological changes that date to that time period. The paper includes

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