CSU Anthropologists Host Paleoecology Summit 

CSU Anthropologists Host Paleoecology Summit June 24, 2022 Joshua Zaffos Researchers who study the evolution and adaptations of Homo sapiens and other hominin species across hundreds of thousands to millions of years face a constant challenge: reconstructing long-long-long-ago paleoenvironments. Not surprisingly, ancient fossil records are incomplete and imperfect, and while some species may preserve well, many […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CSU anthropologist: History offers lesson about decline of large mammals

As appearing in CSU SOURCE | 10.9.19 CSU anthropologist: History offers lesson about decline of large mammals Tony Phifer The effect of the extinctions of numerous large mammal species around 12,000 years ago is still being felt today and could provide a preview of what’s to come as several existing large mammal species find themselves […]