March 21, 2016
Abstract: Richerson et al. make a compelling case for cultural evolution. In focusing on cultural group selection, however, they neglect important individual-level accounts of cultural evolution. While scientific discourse typically links cultural evolution to group selection and genetic evolution... Read more
March 14, 2016
The Department of Anthropology sadly announces the death of Barney Bate, a dear friend and invaluable colleague. Strength and generosity of spirit permeated his work and presence in our department. Now the sense of professional loss we felt when he departed for Yale’s sister school in Singapore has... Read more
February 26, 2016
Background: Do evolutionary specializations lead to evolutionary constraint? This appears plausible, particularly when specialization leads to loss of complex adaptations. In the owl monkey lineage, nocturnality clearly arose from a diurnal ancestor. This behavioural shift was accompanied by... Read more
February 17, 2016
In the tree-strewn savannah of northern Tanzania, near the salty shores of Lake Eyasi, live some of the planet’s few remaining hunter-gatherers. Known as the Hadza, they live in Hadzaland, which stretches for about 4,000 square kilometers around the lake. No one is sure how long they’ve been there... Read more
February 4, 2016
Accounts of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) preserved so well in ice that their meat is still edible have a long history of intriguing the public and influencing paleontological thought on Quaternary extinctions and climate, with some scientists resorting to catastrophism to explain the... Read more
February 2, 2016
Congratulations to Aniket Aga, a sixth-year graduate student in sociocultural anthropology, who has been awarded a three-year Fellowship at the Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. This highly prestigious award recognizes the current excellence and future promise of the... Read more