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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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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

UNLV anthropologist Brian Villmoare
Research | August 5, 2022

In new paper, UNLV-led anthropology team balks at a widely held belief that modern humans experienced an evolutionary decrease in brain size.

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People | August 4, 2022

This admin assistant has been running around campus since she was a kid. Now she's the 2022 President's Classified Employee of the Year.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Anthropology In The News

November 28, 2022

This year, as human-caused climate change steadily warms the planet, depleting bodies of water, melting ice, and strengthening storms exposed a bevy of lost treasures and forgotten stories.

November 18, 2022

Hurricane Nicole's storm surge last week eroded parts of the east Florida coastline and unearthed a Native American burial ground dating back hundreds of years, according to local news reports.

October 31, 2022

A prolonged drought has dried up the Mississippi River, revealing a centuries-old shipwreck and skeletal remains.

Wondrium Daily
October 18, 2022

Fluoridation of drinking water remains a controversial topic. Certain amounts can help prevent cavities, but too much is dangerous. A Vermont city official took matters into his own hands.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 18, 2022

A bone that was initially categorized as an animal bone is now being examined as human remains after a report by the 8 News Now Investigators.

Independent Online
October 18, 2022

The world's population is expected to reach nine billion people in the next 30 years, suggesting that it is growing considerably more quickly than the global food supply.

Anthropology Experts

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An expert in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human remains, and skeletal biology.
An expert in Neolithic archaeological sites.
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An expert in paleontology and human evolution.
An anthropologist and expert on hunter-gatherer adaptations in American Southwest to arid environments, and the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

November 30, 2022
Ph.D. candidate Nikki Bennett (Anthropology) and Ph.D. advisor Peter Gray (Anthropology, Medicine) published a research article titled, "A Study Evaluating Consumer Motivations, Perceptions, and Responses to Direct-to-Consumer Canine Genetic Test Results," in Animals. This study evaluated the user experience of using personal genetic services for…
November 20, 2022
Nicholas Barron (Anthropology) published "Assembling ‘Enduring Peoples,' Mediating Recognition: Anthropology, the Pascua Yaqui Indians, and the Co-Construction of Ideas and Politics" in the journal History and Anthropology. The article compares the concurrent development of Edward Spicer’s theory of "enduring peoples" and his political support for…
November 14, 2022
Lisa Johnson (Anthropology) presented her work, "Ritualizing Labor and Craft at the Classic Maya City of Palenque," in an invited session, "Social Archaeology Futures," at the annual American Anthropological Association conference in Seattle, Washington.
October 26, 2022
Ruzena Zatko (Anthropology), doctoral student, has recently been awarded the 2022-2023 Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund Scholarship.
October 25, 2022
Barbara Roth and Danielle Romero (both Anthropology) have published, "Great Kivas and Community Integration at the Harris Site, Southwestern New Mexico," in the latest issue of American Antiquity.
October 24, 2022
Lisa Johnson (Anthropology) recently presented "Keeping up with the Joneses: Neighbors and Neighborhoods in Classic Period Lowland Maya Cities" at an international conference, "Compreder el Urbanismo Antiguo: Forma Urbana, Planeacion de Sitio y Vida Cotidiana en La Ciudad Maya Del Periodo Clasico (250-900 CE)," hosted by the University of Rome,…