SMU in the field: Anthropology and Geology

On exhibit: Fondren Library Center, spring 2010

Not exactly Hollywood, but just as exciting. Real paleontologists prepare to cast a mold.

Not exactly Hollywood, but just as exciting. Real paleontologists prepare to cast a mold.

We hope this will be the first of several exhibits on the importance of fieldwork in the natural and behavioral sciences. Without fieldwork there is little scientific data to analyze and work with in order to understand humankind’s relation to humankind, to the earth, and to the unknown.

The Departments of Geology (now the Roy Huffington Department of Earth Sciences) and Anthropology are housed in the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (Heroy Building) at SMU. The Institute came into being because of William B. Heroy, Senior’s belief that these disciplines needed a close relationship if scientific progress was going to be accomplished.

A young Dr. Robert Kemper, collecting data, circa long time ago.

A young Dr. Robert Kemper, collecting data, circa long time ago.

Both departments have a long history of fieldwork on all of the continents of the world and in many different countries. This fieldwork has led to the testing and developing of theories and a better understanding of the world of today and the past.

This exhibit is simply a small example of the work that has been done. The true picture can only be viewed by examining the thousands of books, monographs, articles and maps produced by these two departments. But for a quick view, please visit the exhibit. For additional information about the faculty members, their fieldwork and interests visit the department websites.

Thanks to the Exhibit Committee for their encouragement in the development of this exhibit and a special thank you to Tyeson Seale for web and technical assistance and Mary L. B. Phinney for her continued support. - John Phinney, Head of ISEM Library.

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