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New article in WIREs Forensic Science by members of MSU Forensic Anthropology Lab on ancestry estimation

Department of Anthropology PhD students Rhian Dunn, Micayla Spiros, Kelly Kamnikar, and Amber Plemons and Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Hefner recently published an article in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Forensic Science, titled “Ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology: A review”. The article discusses the methods and future of ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology. Read the full […]

Research Associate Gabriel Sanchez publishes in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports on reconstructing ancient Pacific herring size

Department of Anthropology Dean’s Research Associate Dr. Gabriel Sanchez recently published an article in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, entitled “Indigenous stewardship of marine and estuarine fisheries?: Reconstructing the ancient size of Pacific herring through linear regression models”. The article discusses reconstructing the size of Pacific herring from archaeological sites in Point Reyes National […]

Professor Emeritus William Lovis publishes on effects of climate change on coastal sites at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Department of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Dr. William Lovis and colleagues Dr. G. William Monaghan and Dr. Alan Arbogast recently published an article in The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology entitled, “Reconstructing the precontact Late Woodland archaeology of site 20LU115 and the landscape history of Sleeping Bear Point, Great Lakes, USA.” The article discusses the […]

Fall/Winter 2019 Newsletter is now available!

Our Fall/Winter 2019 Newsletter is now available! Check out the featured stories by clicking on the links below. New Department Chair: Dr. Todd Fenton Investigating Early Settlement in South America Making a Case for a More Inclusive Shi’i Studies New Research Associate: Dr. Gabriel Sanchez Exploring the History of Dr. Ruth Underhill’s Work A Recap […]

Associate Professor Ethan Watrall publishes in International Journal of Historical Archaeology on digital heritage project

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Dr. Ethan Watrall and colleagues Russell Townsend, Dr. Kathryn Sampeck, and Johi Griffin recently published an article in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, entitled “Digital Archaeology and the Living Cherokee Landscape.” The article presents the digital repatriation project Cherokee Landscapes (http://firstlandscapes.matrix.msu.edu/), which is an interactive space for engaging with a multitude […]

Assistant Professor Joseph Hefner publishes in American Journal of Physical Anthropology on probit analysis in ancestry estimation

Matthew Go (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Hefner recently published an article in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, entitled “Morphoscopic ancestry estimates in Filipino crania using multivariate regression models.” The article examines the use of probit analysis in estimating ancestry from cranial morphoscopic traits, and contributes […]

Assistant Professor Kurt Rademaker publishes in PaleoAmerica on Early Holocene human skull from Cuncaicha, Peru

Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Dr. Kurt Rademaker and colleagues Dr. Lumila Paula Menéndez and Dr. Katerina Harvati recently published an article in the journal PaleoAmerica entitled, “Revisiting East-West Skull Patterns and the Role of Random Factors in South America: Cranial Reconstruction and Morphometric Analysis of the Facial Skeleton from Cuncaicha Rockshelter (Southern Peru).” The […]

Assistant Professor Chantal Tetreault and PhD student Sara Tahir publish in Journal of Muslim Mental Health

Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Dr. Chantal Tetreault and PhD student Sara Tahir published an article entitled “Muslim Women’s Ethical Engagement and Emotional Coping in Post-Election United States” in the Journal of Muslim Mental Health with colleagues from MSU’s Department of Psychiatry. In the article, they investigate Muslim religious practice related to frequency of Islamophobic […]

New article in the Journal of Forensic Sciences by PhD student Micayla Spiros and Assistant Professor Joseph Hefner on a combined approach to ancestry estimation

Department of Anthropology PhD student Micayla Spiros and Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Hefner recently published an article in the Journal of Forensic Sciences entitled, “Ancestry Estimation Using Cranial and Postcranial Macromorphoscopic Traits.” The article discusses a combined approach of using cranial and postcranial traits in ancestry estimation and introduces a new web-based application for forensic […]