Sep 28, 2015
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.
Mar 25, 2015
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.
Mar 5, 2015
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.
Apr 8, 2014
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 […]
Dec 10, 2013
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 […]
Sep 10, 2013
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.
Oct 31, 2012
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, […]
Sep 24, 2012
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 […]
Mar 1, 2012
Food History Q&A, with Mark Kurlansky
Editor’s Note: Mark Kurlansky is the best-selling author of “Cod,” “Salt,” “The Big Oyster” and other books focused on the story (and history) of food. He is the winner of the James Beard Award for […]
Jan 24, 2012
A Guided Tour Of The Bone Lab – Or, Forensic Anthro 101
Last week, NC State hosted the ScienceOnline2012 conference, bringing together a wide variety of people with an interest in communicating about science. During the conference, I had the opportunity to lead a small group of […]