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.
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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.
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.
Richard Jantz, emeritus professor of anthropology, was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about the the mysterious Kennewick Man, who died 9,000 years ago in the Columbia River Valley. “He could have been an Asian,” said Jantz. “One of the things we always tend to do is underestimate the mobility of early people.”
National Geographic featured a study by UT forensic anthropologists that has found American heads are getting larger. The article chronicles the evolution of human head sizes.
NBC late night talk show host Jay Leno had his own interpretation of a study by UT forensic anthropologists that has found American heads are getting larger.
White Americans’ heads are getting bigger. That’s according to research by forensic anthropologists at UT. Researchers examined 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s. They noticed US skulls have become larger, taller, and narrower as seen from the front and faces have become significantly narrower and higher.
In a trend that can be identified going back to the mid-1800s, U.S. skulls have gotten bigger, taller and narrower as seen from the front, said Richard and Lee Jantz, forensic anthropologists at UT.
UT Knoxville continues to be among the top 10 universities in the nation for the number of new fellows named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS has named eight UT Knoxville faculty members to the 2010 class of fellows. Seven of the new fellows hail from the College of Arts and Sciences and one from the College of Veterinary Medicine.