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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 | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Campus News | December 9, 2020

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield to honor four Winter 2020 graduates for their academic, research, and community impact.

Research | September 22, 2020

Social science researchers offer recommendations for navigating ethical dilemmas in studying global societies.

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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.

Anthropology In The News

The Great Courses Daily
May 7, 2021

One species of Mosquito is responsible for spreading diseases like Zika. This species, Aedes aegypti, only makes up about 4% of the total mosquito population but is a huge problem.

March 10, 2021

Modern humans and Neanderthals not only share pieces of DNA, the composition of the microbiome in our gut is also very similar. "These bacteria were already present in the gut flora of our last common ancestor, at least 700,000 years ago."

El Diario
February 27, 2021

The famous paleo diet has been around for many years, as a major current in weight loss trends. The truth is that today there are many alternative dietary guidelines, which make it overwhelming to make the best decisions. The good news is that science does not lie and is present, to help us make the best decisions.

February 23, 2021

THE MOUNTAIN OF EVIDENCE THAT MICROBES INSIDE OUR GUTS can reveal hidden details of our physical and mental health has grown a little more thanks to a new study published this month in the journal Current Biology.

Anthropology News
January 30, 2021

Last year Anthropology News invited sections to help us highlight some of the outstanding people in our discipline and the exciting, impactful work that they do, whether in scholarly, mentoring, business, public, teaching, or activist contexts. The features first published in the November/December issue of the magazine. Thank you to section contributing editors Cathy Amanti, Dori Beeler, Steven Black, Joseph Feldman, Susan Kenyon, Sheina Lew-Levy, Walter E. Little, Patricia D. López, Melissa Maceyko, Laura Meek, Chandra L. Middleton, Catherine Rhodes, Mallika Sarma, and Thea R. Strand.

The Great Courses Daily
January 11, 2021

According to UPI, a box of donated papers from the late Australian poet and journalist A.B. “Banjo” Paterson also contained a tin of chocolates originally commissioned by Queen Victoria about 120 years ago. “The chocolate was still in its straw packaging and silver foil wrapping,” the article said. “The tins were commissioned by Britain’s Queen Victoria and sent to soldiers in South Africa during the Boer War around 1900 as a gift to the troops.

Anthropology Experts

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

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

May 5, 2021
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) is co-author of an article just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The piece "No Evidence for Widespread Island Extinction after Pleistocene Hominin Arrival," takes a global perspective on the impact that humans had on endemic island faunas. He is a Distinguished Professor emeritus.  
April 30, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology, World Languages and Cultures, Honors College) presented her paper "'Our language do not die, they are killed': Indigenismo and its Effects on Indigenous Language Revitalization" at the Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. This...
April 22, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology, World Languages and Cultures, Honors College) is the recipient of the Vista Group Outstanding Senior Award. Carrying a $1,000 scholarship, this is a distinguished award given to a UNLV College of Liberal Arts senior displaying exceptional achievement, leadership, and service. A member of the Honors College, she is...
April 20, 2021
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) presently is in Cyprus on a Fulbright award. While this has had to be modified due to COVID-19, he initially will spend two months at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute working on a monograph of his long-term National Science Foundation- (and other-) funded project at the Neolithic (ca. 9,000 years...
April 16, 2021
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) presented a paper based on his project on animal rights/welfare activism in Ciudad Juárez, México, as part of a human rights panel, in the Society for Latin American Studies Virtual Conference. In this presentation, he explored how animal rights/welfare activists engage in discourses of human rights in their...
April 12, 2021
Kari Goold, Peter Gray (both Anthropology) and Reynafe Aniga (Psychology) recently published an article "Sports under Quarantine: A Case Study of Major League Baseball in 2020" in the journal Social Sciences. Goold and Aniga are McNair Scholars.