Prof. Dominy quoted in a science article in The New York Times

Professor Dominy, an evolutionary biologist at Dartmouth College, was quoted in The New York Times science article "A 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery: Did Lucy Fall From a Tree?". Read the full article here!

Lucy’s skeleton at the National Museum of Ethiopia in 2013, after its five-year tour of the United States.

Credit: Jenny Vaughan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Genomic Analyses of Colugos and Treeshrews

A new paper in Science Advances is co-authored by a team of researchers, including Professor Dominy and a former post-doc in the department, Amanda Melin, who is now a Professor at the University of Calgary. The paper reports on the genomes of colugos and pen-tailed treeshrews, and reinforces the hypothesized sister relationship between colugos and primates, a contested grouping called Primatomorpha.

Check out the paper on Science Advances:

Register for the Primates in Antiquity Symposium!

Primates in Antiquity is a one-day multidisciplinary symposium conceived to explore and interpret the iconography of monkeys and apes in antiquity. The symposium will be held August 19, 2016, at Dartmouth College, featuring plenary talks delivered by internationally recognized scholars in the humanities and social and biological sciences. The symposium, sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Department of Anthropology, is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Please click here for more information, and feel free to contact Professor Nathaniel Dominy with questions. 

Prof. DeSilva Quoted in The New Yorker's "Digging For Glory"

The New Yorker's June 27 Profiles story "Digging For Glory" includes a quote from Anthropology Professor Jeremy DeSilva, who collaborated with Lee Berger, the featured paleoanthropologist of the story. 

Jeremy DeSilva recalls that when he visited Wits in 2009 Berger offered to open the fossil vault. “A lot of people in our business are petrified to be wrong,” DeSilva told me. “You have to be willing to be wrong. What Lee is doing takes that to another level.”

Check out the complete story here!

“It’s a competitive sport,” Lee Berger says of paleoanthropology. The field is split between those who consider him a visionary for sharing his fossil data and those who worry that he places showmanship over rigor.

BBC World Service interviews Professor Dominy

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.

Click here to listen to Professor Dominy's interview with BBC World Service! 

(Picture: 3 month old aye-aye on a branch. Credit: David Haring, Duke Lemur Center).


Also check out Sam Gochman '18 and Professor Dominy's exciting publication: "Alcohol discrimination and preferences in two species of nectar-feeding primate"!


The Leakey Foundation Introduced Thomas Kraft as Spring 2016 Grantee

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 categorized as behavioral. 

Here are some numbers from the Spring 2016 Granting Cycle published on the Leakey Foundation website:

There were 135 applications for research grants this cycle. This is the most they have ever received for a cycle- approximately 30% more than their typical cycle.

38% of the proposals were categorized as behavioral, and 62% were paleoanthropology.

631 reviews were submitted to their grants department this cycle.

"We would like to congratulate all of our new grantees, and we look forward to sharing news and information about them and their research along the way!" 

Vivek Venkataraman receives Hannah T. Croasdale Award

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. Croasdale's exemplary life and career.

The Award was established in honor of Dr. Hannah T. Croasdale who studied and taught for more than 40 years in what is now the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth. She began at Dartmouth in 1935, worked her way up through the ranks, and retired at the rank of full Professor in 1971. She pioneered the role of women faculty at Dartmouth by being the first woman to move through the ranks to the level of full Professor.

We wish Vivek the very best as he departs for his new role as College Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Quoted: Nathaniel Dominy on Chimps Shopping Like Humans

“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.

Read more: Chimps shop like humans: Study