In The News: Department of Anthropology

Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2023

Despite the fact that Genaro García Luna, former security secretary in the six-year term of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and one of the main implementers of the so-called "war on drugs", was found guilty of drug trafficking just last week, many people in Mexico are still waiting for him to be investigated for his role in the death and forced disappearance of thousands of people.

February 17, 2023

Take an apple, for example. This amazing fruit is brimming with pharmacologically (or better yet, nutrigenomically) active compounds, most notably ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. Another compound it contains is phlorizin, over a dozen polyphenols, potent antioxidants concentrated in the skin of the apple and known to elicit multitargeted effects that reduce the impact of high blood sugar in animal models.1 But this strictly material layer of nutritional analysis barely touches the surface when it comes to appreciating the informational complexity of food.

The Daily Evergreen
February 8, 2023

There are different perspectives behind our reasoning for kissing. The history of kissing is also very diverse, from being an instinct from breastfeeding to having to do with chimpanzees’ habits.

Desert Research Institute
January 5, 2023

DRI archaeologist Greg Haynes, Ph.D., recently completed a synthetic report on the prehistoric ceramic artifacts of the Colorado and Mojave deserts for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert District (CDD). The CDD manages the 11 million-acre California Desert Conservation Area, which holds cultural artifacts dating back thousands of years. Following a century of research on the prehistoric people and cultures of the Colorado and Mojave deserts of California, this is the first large-scale synthesis focused on ceramics and what they can tell us about the past.

December 31, 2022

The remains have caused a public stir, but authorities say the falling water level due to the climate crisis is the real scandal

December 31, 2022

The remains have caused a public stir, but authorities say the falling water level due to the climate crisis is the real scandal

Smithsonian Magazine
December 15, 2022

When human ancestors evolved to walk upright, they may have done so in trees, suggests new research published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

Popular Science
December 14, 2022

In a surprise twist, the evolution of human bipedalism might have nothing to do with learning to walk on land—but up in trees.

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.