News & Events

  • How primates developed a taste for alcohol

    Not only do some primates actively seek out nectar with the highest alcohol content, according to new research, but those who can handle their drink have an evolutionary edge. Newsday's Julian Keane found out why from Anthropology Professor Nathaniel J.Dominy, co-author of the recent publication "Alcohol discrimination and preferences in two species of nectar-feeding primate" by Sam Gochman '18.

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  • The Leakey Foundation held its Spring Granting Session on April 30, 2016. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved thirty-two research grant proposals for funding this cycle.

    Thomas Kraft, Ph.D. student in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Dartmouth College, is one of the grantees. His proposal, "Shifting co-residence and interaction patterns in a transitioning hunter-gatherer society", was...

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  • Dr. Venkataraman has been selected as one of this year's two recipients of the Hannah T. Croasdale Award. The award is made to graduating Ph.D. students who best exemplify the qualities of a scholar. The committee selected this year's recipients as scholars who possess intellectual curiosity, a dedicated commitment to the pursuit of new knowledge, a strong interest in teaching, and a sense of social responsibility to the academic community. These are all qualities that characterized Dr....

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  • The Fourth Talk of Dartmouth's Department of Anthropology Presents: Biological Anthropology—A Series in Five Parts.

    Niche Construction by Chimpanzees and Gorillas in northern Congo: Implications for Maintenance of Material Culture

    Examining the environment as a background condition for the vast degree of behavioral diversity observed within the clade of African apes has proven insufficient in explaining some of the most interesting and salient behavioral...

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  • “The supreme dexterity of the human hand is unsurpassed among mammals, a fact that is often linked to early tool use,” says Professor of Anthropology Nathaniel Dominy in a Tribune India story about how chimpanzees are able to evaluate and pick out figs in the same way humans shop for fruits.

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  • Check out this interesting article by Josh L Davis on IFLScience

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  • "When Everglades National Park was established it was pretty dramatic for people who lived in the southern part of the Everglades," says Associate Professor of Anthropology Laura Ogden in a WGCU story about Everglades National Park and its plan to end the use of private airboats in the 109,000-acre East Everglades Expansion Area, which became part of the park almost 30 years ago.

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  • Seventeen Dartmouth students and alumni have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) for 2016, and another nine received honorable mentions. The Dartmouth winners were among the 2,000 selected from 17,000 applicants nationwide.

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  • Andrés Mejía-Ramón '16, one of the inaugural Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholar Awards recipients, will soon find out if the archaeological council of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico has granted permission to Agustín Ortiz Butrón, Luis Barba, and himself to excavate features he has been analyzing since 2013. "You'd be surprised", says Mejía-Ramón, "how hard it is obtaining permission to dig. As of late, a lot of the work has been being patient in...

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  • On Thursday, April 14 at 4:30 pm (in Rm 315 Silsby) there will be a joint Anthropology/NAS-sponsored colloquium by Joshua Smith entitled:

    'Last on the Warpath': The Spirit and Intent of Action Anthropology 

    Joshua Smith received his Ph.D. in anthropology last year from the University of Western Ontario and is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Smith's dissertation, bearing the same title as...

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