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.
Department of Anthropology News
The Washington Post recently featured UT alumna Jennifer Love, the District of Columbia’s first full-time forensic anthropologist.
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.
Nature quoted Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology, in a story about the return of North America’s oldest mummy to a US tribe after genome sequencing.
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.
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.
Curious about what to do with your body after you die? CNN has compiled its top 10 suggestions and UT’s Anthropology Research Facility–commonly known as the Body Farm–is on the list.
WVLT-TV Local 8 Now interviewed Dawnie Steadman, director of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, for a story examining why more and more people are choosing to forgo burials upon death and instead donate their bodies to science.
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.
A paper co-authored by Kristen Savell, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, is among the first to document how evolutionary selection has shaped variation in human limbs across the globe.