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  • UNLV Anthropology Welcomes Dr. Brian Villmoare

    Director of the Human Paleontology Laboratory, Dr. Brian Villmoare’s research interests range from broad questions of evolutionary theory to high-resolution studies of the internal structures of the hominin face. He is currently a director of the NSF-funded Ledi-Geraru Project.

  • Gut Check

    Lincy Assistant Professor, Dr. Alyssa Crittenden, and a team of international collaborators recently studied the gut microbiome of the Hadza, a population of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, and found surprising results.

  • Looking to Skeletal Remains for Clues on Human Health

    Anthropology doctoral student, Cheryl Anderson, selected as a Fulbright Scholar for her work in Turkey studying human remains for clues on health inequalities among the people of Anatolia.

  • Parenting Your Pets

    Dr. Peter Gray studies the history of human-pet interaction and using human parental psychology data and behavioral patterns, recently conducted a fascinating study categorizing human-dog relationships. 

  • Steamed, Dehydrated, or Raw: Placentas May Help Moms’ Post-Partum Health

    Dr. Daniel Benyshek and graduate student, Sharon Young, are investigating the role that placenta consumption might play in the post-partum health of new mothers. They recently conducted a survey to examine the reasons why women might choose to consume their placentas after childbirth.


Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at UNLV! Las Vegas is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and we are part of the excitement! Our departmental faculty conduct interesting and exciting research in anthropology locally, nationally, and internationally. Much of our research is interdisciplinary, so if you attend UNLV, you will have an opportunity to gain experience in many different aspects of anthropology and will be trained to approach human behavior in cross-cultural, collaborative, and innovative ways.

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