Study by Nathaniel J. Dominy, Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology, Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) Graduate Program, has been featured in major publications.
Speaking of Science: "New Guineans carved human bones into ‘formidable, fierce-looking and beautiful’ daggers", by Ben Guarino April 24 from the Washington Post.
"Nathaniel J. Dominy, an anthropologist at Dartmouth College, has been studying these bone daggers for the better part of a decade. He was exploring the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, N.H., when he found the museum's collection of bone weapons. The ornate designs cut into the daggers captivated him."
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"Why New Guinea Warriors Prized Human Bone Daggers" by Laura Geggel, Senior Writer from Live Science.
"It looks like both bone types are equally suited for making daggers," study lead researcher Nathaniel Dominy, a professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, told Live Science. "The difference is that when men are shaping human daggers, they're retaining a lot of the curvature, which gives it a natural, superior strength."
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"These daggers made from human bone were a deadly asset on the battlefield" by Michael Price from Science.
"You wouldn’t want to find yourself on the business end of a New Guinean bone dagger. In previous centuries, warriors on the South Pacific island used these blades in close-quarters combat to kill outright, finish off foes wounded by arrows or spears, or disable and capture enemies."
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The study: "New Guinea bone daggers were engineered to preserve social prestige" by Nathaniel J. Dominy, Samuel T. Mills, Christopher M. Yakacki, Paul B. Roscoe, and R. Dana Carpenter, has been published today April 25, 2018, in the Journal Royal Society Open Science.