In the evolutionary past, women spent most of their reproductive lives either pregnant or in lactational amenorrhea, and rarely menstruated. The current pattern of frequent menses, and the associated increase in endogenous hormonal exposure, has been implicated in the current breast cancer epidemic... Read more
Congratulations to Professor Louisa Lombard, recipient of a 2017 U.S. Institute of Peace Peace Peace and Security Early Career Scholar Award (ECSA). The award supports research by early career scholars working on global issues of security and peace.
Professor Lombard’s most recent work, ... Read more
Earth’s earliest primates dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to an analysis of a 62-million-year-old partial skeleton discovered in New Mexico — the oldest-known primate skeleton.
The skeleton was discovered in the San Juan Basin by Thomas Williamson, curator of paleontology at the... Read more
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Professor Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan is the recipient of the 2017 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Graduate Mentor Award in the Social Sciences. Each year the Yale GSAS, in collaboration with Graduate Student Assembly,... Read more
An introduction to the central ideas, methods, and debates that make up the anthropological study of human thought and behavior. Survey of dynamic ways of life in many different societies; outline of the ways anthropologists have tried to understand societies. Hands-on ethnographic research... Read more
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that the 2017 Sapir Prize for best senior essay in socio-cultural anthropology goes to Talia Katz for her essay entitled “Embodied Transformations: Pregnancy and the Politics of Social Support in Peri-Urban Rwanda.” Building from sensitive... Read more
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that the 2017 Michael D. Coe Prize for best senior essay in archaeology goes to Reed Morgan for his essay entitled “An Overview of English Church Archaeology: Its Development and Practice.” The Coe Prize is awarded annually to the most... Read more