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We may finally know how Easter Island’s statues got their stone hats

We may finally know how Easter Island’s statues got their stone hats

Published Jun 19, 2018

Almost a thousand stone figures dot Easter Island, known also as Rapa Nui. These moai have puzzled generations of Western anthropologists: How were they created? How were they moved from the places where stone was quarried to the points where they’re found today? How did they end up wearing hats made out of different kinds of stone? A new study from a team of American researchers, including Binghamton University scholar Carl Lipo, offers an answer to this last baffling question, Popular Science reports. Read more

Artifacts reveal history of family planning

Artifacts reveal history of family planning

Published Apr 23, 2018

The archaeological discovery of presumably aborted fetuses in New York outhouses along with pill bottles and historical records led Binghamton University researchers to conclude that many 19th century American women had family-planning concerns similar to those of 21st century women, Forbes reports. Read more

Scientists discover oldest modern human fossil outside of Africa

Scientists discover oldest modern human fossil outside of Africa

Published Jan 25, 2018

A Binghamton anthropologist contributed to the analysis of the fossil, which suggests Homo sapiens left Africa at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Read more

Ancient DNA preserved in humans, study finds

Ancient DNA preserved in humans, study finds

Published Mar 17, 2016

Residents of the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia share fragments of genetic code with two extinct human species, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Read more

Easter Island not destroyed by war, new analysis shows

Easter Island not destroyed by war, new analysis shows

Published Feb 17, 2016

A new analysis led by a Binghamton University archaeologist contradicts the belief that the ancient civilization of Rapa Nui, Chile, was destroyed by warfare. Read more

For this scholar, trash is treasure

For this scholar, trash is treasure

Published Dec 19, 2014

Anthropologist Joshua Reno studies the economics and politics — even empires — that waste creates. Read more

Anthropologist turns to the alpaca

Anthropologist turns to the alpaca

Published Apr 1, 2014

Anthropologist D. Andrew Merriwether studies a disorder found in both humans and the alpaca. Read more