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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

A laser beam emitting a blue light is projected into a diamond anvil cell
Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

UNLV anthropologist Brian Villmoare
Research | August 5, 2022

In new paper, UNLV-led anthropology team balks at a widely held belief that modern humans experienced an evolutionary decrease in brain size.

woman posing with colorful lighting
People | August 4, 2022

This admin assistant has been running around campus since she was a kid. Now she's the 2022 President's Classified Employee of the Year.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

Anthropology In The News

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.

Anthropology Experts

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 prehistoric Native Americans of the Southwest
An expert in the evolution of human nutrition, hunter-gatherer societies, and the division of labor between the sexes. 
An expert in love and intimacy.
An expert in medical anthropology, health, disease, and maternal nutrition. 

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

December 11, 2022
Iván Sandoval-Cervantes (Anthropology) was interviewed for the New Books Network about his recently published book, Oaxaca in Motion: An Ethnography of Internal, Transnational, and Return Migration (University of Texas Press 2022). Based on nearly two years observing and interviewing migrants from the rural Oaxacan town of Santa Ana Zegache. Many…
December 8, 2022
Distinguished professor Debra Martin and her Ph.D. candidate Claira Ralston (both Anthropology) co-wrote and recently published a book titled, Gender Violence in the American Southwest (AD 11-1300): Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Slaves (Routledge). This volume uses osteobiography and individual-level analyses of burials retrieved from the La Plata…
December 7, 2022
Ph.D. student Taylor Flaherty (Anthropology) published a recent article titled, "Dehydration-Induced alterations to sharp force trauma on Sus domesticus radii," in Science and Justice. Their study analyzed the shrinkage of kerf marks on bone following laboratory-induced dehydration. This research was completed for Taylor's MSc degree at the…
November 30, 2022
Ph.D. candidate Nikki Bennett (Anthropology) and Ph.D. advisor Peter Gray (Anthropology, Medicine) published a research article titled, "A Study Evaluating Consumer Motivations, Perceptions, and Responses to Direct-to-Consumer Canine Genetic Test Results," in Animals. This study evaluated the user experience of using personal genetic services for…
November 20, 2022
Nicholas Barron (Anthropology) published "Assembling ‘Enduring Peoples,' Mediating Recognition: Anthropology, the Pascua Yaqui Indians, and the Co-Construction of Ideas and Politics" in the journal History and Anthropology. The article compares the concurrent development of Edward Spicer’s theory of "enduring peoples" and his political support for…
November 14, 2022
Lisa Johnson (Anthropology) presented her work, "Ritualizing Labor and Craft at the Classic Maya City of Palenque," in an invited session, "Social Archaeology Futures," at the annual American Anthropological Association conference in Seattle, Washington.