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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.

unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
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

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.

December 27, 2019

When Brooke Brumfield wasn't battling morning sickness, she craved nachos. Like many first-time expectant mothers, she was nervous and excited about her pregnancy.

December 27, 2019

When Brooke Brumfield wasn't battling morning sickness, she craved nachos. Like many first-time expectant mothers, she was nervous and excited about her pregnancy.

The Great Courses Daily
December 23, 2019

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report, when it comes to food waste, “the cost estimate for the average family of four is $1,365 to $2,275 annually.” The exact figures on what contributes to American food waste were unavailable, but “in the United Kingdom, about two-thirds of household waste is due to food spoilage from not being used on-time; whereas, the other one-third is caused by people cooking or serving too much.”

December 17, 2019

When Brooke Brumfield wasn’t battling morning sickness, she craved nachos.

Anthropology Experts

An expert in paleontology and human evolution.
An expert in prehistoric Native Americans of the Southwest
An expert in Neolithic archaeological sites.
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 forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human remains, and skeletal biology.
An expert in the evolution of human nutrition, hunter-gatherer societies, and the division of labor between the sexes. 

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

March 18, 2020
Lyndsey Craig and Peter Gray (both Anthropology) published a paper in PLoS ONE based on Craig's master's research. The study, "Women's Use of Intimate Apparel as Subtle Sexual Signals in Committed, Heterosexual Relationships," takes an evolutionary-oriented approach to women's sexuality within relationships. The research is relevant to...
February 3, 2020
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has just published a major article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. The article, "Agricultural Origins and Their Consequences in Southwestern Asia," summarizes some of the consequences, both good and bad, of the Neolithic Revolution. Simmons is a distinguished professor emeritus.
November 26, 2019
Jennifer Byrnes (Anthropology) has co-authored a chapter that appears in a new edited volume, Evaluating Evidence in Biological Anthropology: The Strange and the Familiar, edited by Cathy Willermet and Sang-Hee Lee. The chapter, "(Re)Discovering Paleopathology: Integrating Individuals And Populations In Bioarchaeology," co-authored with Ann L. W....
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...