Human hunter-gatherer groups developed sophisticated social and mating networks to minimize inbreeding as early as 34,000 years ago, a new study finds.
DNA testing alone of ancient human remains can’t resolve questions about past societies.
A Folsom spear point was discovered between the ribs of an extinct species of bison — but was it really proof that humans had killed the animal?
As the number of sufferers continues to rise, SMU anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris focuses on how culture and lifestyle shape diabetes in Arizona's Pima culture.
Noted SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, playwright Lynn Nottage, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
SMU archaeologist Mark D. McCoy has been awarded a grant to collaborate with other researchers on how New Zealand's Māori society developed.
They used an X-ray gun ... and dates were calculated based on the characteristics of the radioactive isotope thorium-230 and its radioactive parent uranium-234. Science journalist Cheyenne MacDonald covered the research discovery of SMU archaeologist Mark D. McCoy. New dating on the stone buildings of the ancient monumental city of Nan Madol suggests the ancient [...]
"Nan Madol represents a first in Pacific Island history. The tomb of the first chiefs of Pohnpei is a century older than similar monumental burials of leaders on other islands." — Mark McCoy, SMU Science reporter Rob Verger covered the research discovery that new dating on the stone buildings of the ancient monumental city of [...]
Evidence of first chief indicates Pacific islanders invented a new society on city they built of coral and basalt
SMU archaeologist Mark McCoy's new analysis of the chief’s tomb of Nan Madol suggests the island’s monumental structures are the earliest evidence of a chiefdom in the Pacific — yielding new keys to how societies emerge and evolve