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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 | 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.

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Research | June 4, 2019

New UNLV study lays bare cultural reasons around the globe for bikini waxing and man-scaping.

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Campus News | March 1, 2019

Students show off their work at the annual Graduate College research forum. Bonus: Spring makes an appearance on campus.

A photo of UNLV archaeologists Diane and Arlen Chase examining items on the floor of a tomb in Caracol, Belize.
Research | January 31, 2019

UNLV’s Diane and Arlen Chase engage in fieldwork and new technologies to uncover Maya history at Caracol, Belize.

Campus News | January 17, 2019

The UNLV anthropology student Trevor Pollom's research in nutrition took him to Africa as a tribe transitions to cultivated crops.

Anthropology In The News

The Scientist
November 15, 2019

That old joke about the milkman fathering many of a town’s children—it’s far from true, a new study reaffirms.

Newsweek
November 14, 2019

Scientists have pinpointed the members of society most likely to have children out of wedlock, by mapping the DNA of people in a region of Western Europe over the past 500 years.

AskHistorians Podcast
October 31, 2019

Cassidy Percoco is joined by Lyndsey Craig, MS candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to chat briefly about the study, "Pubic Hair Removal Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective," of which she was lead author. The study's anthropological in nature, but involves some descriptions of historical practices!

The Exploress Podcast
October 11, 2019

One of the most intense dinner party debates I've ever had was over the issue of a lady's pelvic jungle: specifically, whether or not we should be taking it off.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur
September 26, 2019

Even Kim Kardashian did it - eaten her placenta. The eating of the nut cake should make you fitter, protect against depression and is therefore the trend. But is that really true? Doctors have their doubts there.

Daily Bruin
September 2, 2019

A UCLA study found that societies in which men are more invested in the care of their children show signs of more jealousy in response to infidelity.

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

November 7, 2019
Jennifer Byrnes (Anthropology) has co-authored a chapter that appears in a new edited volume, Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology: Bonified Skeletons, edited by Heather Garvin and Natalie Langley. The chapter, "Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Analytical Feasibility of Ancestry Estimation," co-authored with Joseph Hefner (Michigan State...
September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the...
July 11, 2019
Debra L. Martin (Anthropology), along with Ventura Peréz from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Pamela Stone from Hampshire College, in Amherst; and Samuel Sisneros from the University of New Mexico, have been awarded a 2019–20 community action grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the Nuestra Señora de Belén...
June 3, 2019
Brian Villmoare (Anthropology) published an analysis of ancient footprint sites, focusing on the 1.5 million-year-old footprints from Ileret, Kenya. He analyzed the footprints to determine the relative sizes of males and females, to determine when humans made the transition from a single-male, multi-female society to the more pair-bonded societies...
May 3, 2019
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) received a research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for her research on food and water insecurity among indigenous foragers of Tanzania, East Africa. 
April 26, 2019
Peter Gray (Anthropology) and colleagues Justin Garcia and Amanda Gesselman of the gender studies and Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, published "Age-related patterns in sexual behaviors and attitudes among single U.S. adults: An evolutionary approach" in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. The study draws upon a large sample of U.S. single...