In The News: Department of Anthropology

Science Mag
December 1, 2017

Celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian West says it boosted her energy level. Mad Men’s January Jones touts it as a cure for postpartum depression. But does eating one’s placenta after birth—an apparently growing practice around the globe—actually confer any health benefits? Not really, according to the first in-depth analyses of the practice.

The Weekly Standard
November 29, 2017

In 2007 archaeologist Arlen Chase, now at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who had been excavating a huge classic Mayan site at Caracol in Belize since 1985, figured out that LiDAR could be used to transform what had been a snail-slow process of mapping sites such as his own, which was bigger than Tikal.

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
October 24, 2017

Debra L. Martin spoke at the University of Massachusetts Commonwealth Honors College on Oct. 23 to present a lecture on biocultural violence.
October 20, 2017

Depending on how you feel about new moms eating their baby's placenta (yep, that's a thing, popularized by Kim Kardashian and other celebs), you may be grossed out, troubled, or not at all surprised by a recent review in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology cautioning against the practice.

August 27, 2017

What does research suggesting we should focus on diet, not exercise to lose weight and the evolutionary reason we sleep less as we age have in common?

August 25, 2017

Much like the weather, some human stomachs change throughout the year. The gut microbes of the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer group in Tanzania, shift dramatically as their diet changes with the seasons, according to new research from Stanford University. When applied on a longer timescale, these trends could explain why industrialized populations have a less diverse set of gut microbes and more chronic disease relative to hunter-gatherer populations.

August 24, 2017

The foundation is all that remains and it is enough for faith to stand upon. When the walls of Nuestra Señora de Belén fell more than 160 years ago, parishioners were not discouraged. They picked up and moved to higher ground, building and building again Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

Reader's Digest
August 8, 2017

You wake up with a jolt and take a look outside. The moon is still out, the sun isn’t quite up, and you still have a few hours to go before starting your day. In an ideal world, you would have slept cleanly through the night. (By the way, you can make these eight little changes to sleep better in just one day.)

July 31, 2017

In a 2016 interview with CNN, Anthony Scaramucci — President Donald Trump's new White House communications director — said that Earth, as well as human history, is just 5,500 years old. But ample evidence exists to prove that the world has been around for much, much longer.

World Report Now
July 17, 2017

It is known that once they reach a certain age, elders are sleeping fewer and fewer hours at night. While most of them complain of the side effects of their sleeping issues, this topic might pertain to the heritage humans receive from prehistoric times. Thousands of years ago, the oldest members of a group might have been in charge of watching over the cave at night.

July 17, 2017

A sound night’s sleep grows more elusive as people get older, but what some call insomnia may actually be an age-old survival mechanism.

CBS News
July 14, 2017

Trouble sleeping is a common complaint among older folks, but what if their insomnia traces back to prehistoric times when Grandma and Grandpa were in charge of keeping the cave safe at night?