Gibson '16 and Anderson '16 start a new website to memorialize the old Lodge

Sharing the Mountain is a project that aims to memorialize the expansive and intricate community that has been established at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, by sharing the stories and experiences of Dartmouth students, alumni and community members.

Throughout the site you will be able to explore a digital oral-histories archive. We invite you to discover stories, photos, videos, and interactive panoramas of the Ravine Lodge. We encourage you to engage with the site, and to contribute you own stories and photos through the “Share Your Story” feature. We hope that Sharing the Mountain serves as a forum for sharing, reminiscing, and sustaining the memory of a building that has meant so much, to so many over the past 78 years.

Click here to read the recent story in The Dartmouth about Connor Gibson '16 and Gigi Anderson's '16 Goodman-funded project.

Defying Verticality: Acrobatic Games and Ritual Entertainment in Mesoamerica

Gerardo Gutierrez
Assoc. Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Colorado Boulder
October 14, 2016 – 3:30p – Silsby 312

Iconographic representations in ceramics, epigraphy, painted codices, and ethnohistorical sources suggest that Mesoamerican acrobacy and games were performed not as mere entertainment, but as “ritual merriment.” By this I mean that game, joy, and laughter were driving forces in the creation of the universe and rested at the core of Mesoamerican religious beliefs and practices. In their multifaceted nature, the creator gods were jokers and tricksters, hence the universe is merely the crystallization of divine, loud, chaotic laughing. Within the known iconographic corpus of Mesoamerica there are at least 20 representations of human figures assuming challenging contortionist positions. Similarly, there are abundant references to equilibrists, funambulists, and jugglers, providing opportunities to explore the context, practice, and meaning of acrobatics in the pre-Columbian period.

Extraordinary Peace

Thomas Gregor
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
Vanderbilt University
September 16 – 3:30p – Silsby 113

In the heart of Brazil along the Upper Xingu River 19 indigenous ethnic communities live at peace, even though separated by different languages and dialects.  In the midst of war-like cultures in Amazonia and elsewhere, what has sustained this exceptional peace?  This presentation, the culmination of field research among the Mehinaku and other Xingu peoples, presents a solution which leads to broad questions about the human condition, our own experience with aggression and the possibilities of peace.

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!"