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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

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.

silhouette of woman holding razor against blue background
Research | June 4, 2019

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

A female student wearing glasses looks at a poster describing a research project.
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.

petri dish and beakers containing liquids
Research | December 26, 2018

In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Anthropology In The News

Vice
July 15, 2019

When pubic hair became less fashionable, so did talking about crabs—but they're just as common as they've ever been.

Dirty History Podcast
July 9, 2019

On this episode, I was joined by Lyndsey Craig, a researcher and Ph.D. student of Anthropology at UNLV. She recently penned a paper titled, “Pubic Hair Removal Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective.”

The Hook Up Podcast
July 8, 2019

What do you do with your hair down there? Maybe you pluck it, maybe you wax it, maybe you’ve lasered it all off…But why are we so obsessed with removing our pubes, and has it always been this way? Host Nat Tencic tackles those questions and learns how everyone can embrace whatever landscaping they choose … and how to deal if a partner can't get around it.

The Great Courses Daily
June 24, 2019

If you live in the United States, you might be surprised to see a Stroopwafel McFlurry in McDonald’s, but in the Netherlands it’s a staple dessert item on the fast food chain’s menu. It might also seem strange to order a Baja Blast with Ketel One in it. But if the test market is successful, the cocktail may be coming to a Taco Bell near you. Despite the spread of most foods to all four corners of the Earth, humans still have wildly different diets owing to our diverse cultures.

Divany
June 13, 2019

Researchers at the University of Nevada (UNLV) have embarked on our hair removal habits: they have been studying how hair removal is developing from the 1890s onwards in about 200 different societies.

Newswise
June 5, 2019

As beachgoers scramble to trim their nether regions ahead of swim season, new UNLV research shows they aren't alone in their ambitions for a bare bikini line.

Anthropology Experts

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An expert in the evolution of human nutrition, hunter-gatherer societies, and the division of labor between the sexes. 
An expert in forensic anthropology, skeletal identification, human rights, and migrant identification and repatriation.
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 medical anthropology, health, disease, and maternal nutrition. 

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

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...
April 15, 2019
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) recently did a podcast interview with Future Tech Podcast, titled "Eating through the Ages," chronicling some of her work on the evolution of the human diet. The interview can be streamed. 
February 8, 2019
Karen G. Harry (Anthropology) and Barbara J. Roth (Faculty Affairs) have an edited book, Interaction and Connectivity in the Greater Southwest, published through the University Press of Colorado.