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Department of Anthropology News

Anthropology focuses on the spectrum of the human experience - past and present. An anthropology degree balances practical, applied, and theoretical research within liberal arts, as well as interdisciplinary education.

Current Anthropology News

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Arts and Culture | March 6, 2020

UNLV Honors College student Nathalie Martinez reflects on the stories and impact of Latinex artists.

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

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Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

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Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | November 7, 2019

MGM College Opportunity Program at UNLV offers a flexible and affordable way for the company's employees to complete their degrees.

Mayan sculpture on display
Research | July 11, 2019

UNLV archaeologists Arlen and Diane Chase spoke with Salt Lake City alums as the Alumni Association launches its new Rebels Forever membership structure.

Anthropology In The News

Toronto Sun
June 26, 2020

Guys – are you looking for love during these uncertain times? Get a dog. Make it a French bulldog, a puppy for best results.

The Great Courses Daily
June 25, 2020

The diminishing sugar demand took a worldwide pandemic to occur, according to Bloomberg. “The global closure of restaurants, sports arenas, and cinemas means sugar demand will drop this season for the first time in four decades,” the article said. “Drink and confectionery sales at giants including Coca-Cola Co. and Nestle SA have fallen, and while economies start to reopen, it’s unclear how quickly demand will recover as incomes and employment fall.”

June 1, 2020

Dan Saladino looks at the legal and illegal trade in wild meat. Links made between Covid-19 and wild animals has led to calls for a total ban. This could be a mistake Dan explains.

Boulder City Review
May 21, 2020

What might bring about that deadly — and economically debilitating — coronavirus comeback?

February 19, 2020

Humans are one of the most successful species on the planet: We live on frozen continents and arid deserts, create tools that help us survive and even push the boundaries of our biology. Our ingenuity and adaptability serve as our species' superpowers, but the origins of that power may be found in unexpected places — like the armpit sweat of our closest living relatives.

February 11, 2020

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air for many.

The sight of smooching couples may warm your heart, or turn your stomach.

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

July 9, 2020
Peter Gray and Alex Straftis (both Anthropology), along with UNLV alum Timothy McHale, '17 PhD Anthropology, and other colleagues, published a review paper on human reproductive behavior, life history, and testosterone as part of a 30-year anniversary special issue in the journal Hormones and Behavior devoted to the "Challenge Hypothesis." The "...
July 8, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) was interviewed for a recent episode of The Food Programme on the BBC about the significance of wild meat to many Indigenous and global food systems. The story, called "Why Eat Wild Meat?" explores legal and illegal global trade in wild meat after links have been made between the COVID-19 pandemic and wild animal...
July 1, 2020
Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) and Iván Sandoval Cervantes (Anthropology) published an op-ed in Salon, "Who Doesn't Love a Taco? Taste the Nation and the Problem with Neoliberal Immigrant Rights Activism."
June 26, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden, Trevor Pollom, and Kristen Herlosky (all Anthropology) and Chad Cross (Medicine), along with Elle Ford, '17 BA Psychology, recently authored a paper, "Effects of a Mixed‐Subsistence Diet on the Growth of Hadza Children," in the American Journal of Human Biology. It explores the early effects of dietary transition among hunter-...
June 9, 2020
Trevor R. Pollom, Kristen N. Herlosky, and Alyssa N. Crittenden (all Anthropology), along with Ibrahim A. Mabulla of the National Museum of Tanzania, are the authors of "Changes in Juvenile Foraging Behavior among the Hadza of Tanzania during Early Transition to a Mixed-Subsistence Economy," which appears in Human Nature.
June 8, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded one of the newly established joint grants from the Archaeological Institute of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award is for continued research on early economic strategies for the Neolithic (ca. 7500 BC) residents of Ais Giorkis in Cyprus. Specifically, it focuses on obtaining...