Department of Anthropology News

Simek to Appear in Nat Geo’s ‘The Story of God with Morgan Freeman’ Monday

UT’s Jan Simek will appear in the National Geographic series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on Monday, January 23. The segment will air at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. In the episode, Simek and Beau Carroll, a UT anthropology graduate student and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, talk to Freeman about ancient religion.

Castaway Doubts: Jantz to Review Evidence of Amelia Earhart Theory

Legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart may not have perished in a plane crash as many have long assumed. A group of researchers believe she died as a castaway on a remote island, and Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, is helping to provide the scientific evidence to back up that claim.

Joint Prehistoric Rock Art Restoration Project Receives National Award

A partnership between UT, federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders to save a set of centuries-old Native American petroglyphs, pictographs, and historic signatures in Alabama has been honored with a prestigious national preservation award. The initiative brought together researchers and local volunteers to camouflage and remove graffiti that had impacted the images at the Painted Bluff site in Marshall County, Alabama.

Jantz Featured in CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post about New Amelia Earhart Theory

For decades, many have assumed that legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart died in a plane crash. Researchers believe they have new evidence that supports the theory that she may have died as a castaway on a remote island. Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology, reviewed measurements of bones that may have belonged to Earhart.

Gizmodo, Other Outlets Feature Study on Human Limb Growth

Gizmodo, Science Daily, and Phys.org recently featured a study co-authored by Kristen Savell, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. The paper is among the first to document how evolutionary selection has shaped variation in human limbs across the globe.