Nothing but the Tooth – What Dental Remains From Homo naledi Can Tell Us
What can dental development in Homo naledi fossils tell us about their evolution and the evolution of Homo sapiens?
Ancient Skulls Shed Light on Migration in the Roman Empire
Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, coastal communities in what is now south and central Italy still bear distinct physical differences to one another.
Research Finds Skull Condition Thought Extinct Is Actually Widespread
Some forensic anthropologists thought the skull condition called cribra orbitalia (CO) was a thing of the past – but new research finds that it is fairly common in both North America and South Africa.
Forensic Researchers Set Standards for X-Ray Identification of Bodies
Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual’s spine, upper leg or the side of the skull.
The Archaeology of Prehistoric Climate Change
NC State archaeology researchers are helping us understand how climate change affected prehistoric societies.
Forensic Research on Modern Child Abuse Can Shed Light on Past Cultures
NC State forensic experts have published guidance on how research into modern-day forensic analysis of child-abuse victims can be used to shed light on how children of earlier cultures were treated.
Start-Up Connects Micro-Entrepreneurs With Tourists
How an interdisciplinary team of researchers is helping small, locally owned businesses connect with tourists to create economic prosperity -- and amazing experiences.
Study: Ancestral Background Can Be Determined by Fingerprints
A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual’s ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics – a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research.
Study Underscores Complexity of Geopolitics in the Age of the Aztec Empire
New archaeological research highlights the complexity of geopolitics in Aztec-era Mesoamerica and illustrates how the relationships among ancient states extended beyond warfare and diplomacy to issues concerning trade and the flow of goods.
Study Upends Conventional Wisdom, Finds Significant Facial Variation in Pre-Columbian South America
Researchers have found significant differences in facial features between pre-Columbian peoples in Peru – disproving a longstanding perception that these groups were physically homogenous.
Where Credit Is Due: How Acknowledging Expertise Can Help Conservation Efforts
Scientists know that tapping into local expertise is key to conservation efforts aimed at protecting biodiversity – but researchers rarely give credit to these local experts. Now some scientists are saying that’s a problem, both for the local experts and […]
Can You Tell Which Skull Is Which?
A recent study from NC State forensic anthropologists found that even forensic experts have a hard time making a positive identification of human remains based on the shape of a person’s skull. Specifically, only 56 percent of forensic anthropology Ph.D.s […]
Face-to-Face: Skull Study Shows Variation of Pre-Columbian Cultures in Mexico
Analysis of the skulls of prehistoric peoples in Mexico reveals significant regional variation in the facial characteristics of indigenous populations – indicating that there were notable physical differences between geographically separate groups before the arrival of Europeans.
In the Footsteps of Indiana Jones: A New Archaeological Excavation at Petra
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Tom Parker, a professor of history at NC State. Parker has served on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East for more than 30 years. Since 1994, Parker has been director of […]
New Research Findings Consistent With Theory of Impact Event 12,900 Years Ago
New research findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) are consistent with a controversial theory that an extraterrestrial body – such as a comet – impacted the Earth approximately 12,900 years ago, possibly contributing to […]