Study: Climatic variability might not drive evolutionary change as much as previously thought

Study: Climatic variability might not drive evolutionary change as much as previously thought By University of Arizona A study led by University of Arizona researchers and Colorado State University Assistant Professor Andrew Du has combined climate-change data during the last 3.5 million years and fossil evidence of mammals in Africa to reveal that times of […]

Heading off vaccine hesitancy CSU anthropologists work to reduce barriers and misperceptions surrounding COVID vaccines

CSU Professor Emeritus Kate Browne recruited anthropology graduate students Joshua Bauer and Shadi Azadegan (M.A. ’21) for a FEMA-funded project focused on reducing barriers and misperceptions surrounding COVID vaccines in marginalized communities.

New Study Calls Into Question the Importance of Meat Eating in Shaping Our Evolution

New Study Calls Into Question the Importance of Meat Eating in Shaping Our Evolution George Washington University Additional Content by Josh Zaffos Quintessential human traits such as large brains first appear in Homo erectus nearly 2 million years ago. This evolutionary transition towards human-like traits is often linked to a major dietary shift involving greater […]

CSU Paleontology Field School Rides Again in Summer 2021 

Out, Standing in the Field CSU Paleontology Field School Rides Again in Summer 2021  Joshua Zaffos  Natalie Freeman, Anthropology and Art double-major, collecting fossil materials from the Willwood Formation in the Bighorn Basin Colorado State University Anthropology student Natalie Freeman is doubled over, staring at the sun-scorched ground of the Wyoming badlands. A few yards away, Isabelle Dones, another […]

Henry Wins Top Southeastern Archaeology Award 

Henry Wins Top Southeastern Archaeology Award  Joshua Zaffos  Colorado State University Assistant Professor of Archaeology Edward Henry has won the 2021 C.B. Moore Award from the Southeastern Archeological Conference. Henry received the award at the professional organization’s annual meeting in Durham, North Carolina this October.  The C.B. Moore Award annually recognizes a preeminent young scholar in the field of Southeastern United States archaeology. Recipients are determined by a committee of past award winners and other conference executive-committee members, including global leaders […]

Ready Primate One: Role-playing video game levels up biological anthropology

Ready Primate One Joshua Zaffos Video gaming may be a diversion from research and coursework for some, but Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Alex Pelissero is another species, so to speak. Pelissero recently published a video-game review in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, offering his well-qualified commentary on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. Ancestors is a third-person […]

Guatemala climate scientists look to tree rings for answers at CSU 

Guatemala climate scientists look to tree rings for answers at CSU  Joshua Zaffos  This October, four researchers and technical scientists from INSIVUMEH Guatemala, the country’s meteorological service, spent a week in the Colorado State University Biogeography Lab counting the rings from cored samples of Caribbean pine trees through the lenses of stereo microscopes. The weeklong […]