Tag Anthropology

‘Origins’ scientists to take your questions Thursday during Reddit AMA

Ever wondered what it’s like to unearth a long-buried human ancestor? Or to peer into the night sky to discover the mysteries of galaxy evolution? Find out Thursday.

In ‘Origins,’ UW–Madison and South African scientists tackle mysteries of our shared beginnings

The quest to understand our beginnings — of our universe, of life on Earth, of our species — inspires people all over the world. At UW–Madison, researchers have forged partnerships with colleagues in South Africa and are uncovering answers and opening new scientific frontiers.

Violence a matter of scale, not quantity, researchers show

New research shows that the size of a society’s population is what drives the size of its “war group,” or number of people of fighting age who defend it.

South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative

The discovery of the new Homo naledi fossils, representing the remains of at least three juvenile and adult specimens, includes a “wonderfully complete skull,” says UW–Madison anthropologist John Hawks.

Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazil

In a vulnerable forest in southeastern Brazil, where the air was once thick with the guttural chatter of brown howler monkeys, there now exists silence. Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has killed thousands of monkeys since late 2016.

Karen Strier is elected president of International Primatological Society

For the first time in its 52-year history, the International Primatological Society has elected a University of Wisconsin–Madison scientist as its president: Karen Strier, Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology.

Old technology provides modern lessons to archaeology students

Students in anthropology Professor Mark Kenoyer's Ancient Technology and Invention course were working recently under a beating hot sun at the outdoor UW–Madison Experimental Archaeology Lab near Picnic Point.

Explorations at Aztalan yield enthusiasm and excitement for visitors, students

Excavations are underway to better understand the daily lives of the ancient peoples who called Aztalan home a millennium ago.

UW-Madison graduate named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Joanna Lawrence received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UW–Madison and completed her master’s degree in archaeology at Cambridge last year.

Anthropologist, ‘underground astronaut’ strike fossil gold in South Africa dig

Squeezing through a gap called the International Postbox and climbing the jagged Dragon's Back were not in Alia Gurtov's plans for the fall semester, but she made an exception in order to participate in a wildly successful archaeological expedition into a South African cave.

UW repository stores anthropological artifacts from around the world

Like Hercules assigned to clean the Augean stables, curator Danielle Benden was hired by the University of Wisconsin–Madison anthropology department in 2007 to sort and systematize the final resting place for the department's collection of pots, bones, baskets, spear points, clothing, musical instruments, kayaks and effigies.