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Research recap: Students working on new research in anthropology and environmental sciences 2024-01-25
WWU Anthropology Faculty Tesla Monson and Marianne Brasil Secure New $550k NSF grant 2024-01-12
In Memoriam: Sarah Campbell 2023-05-26
WWU’s Michael Alvarez Shepard wins prestigious award from Center for a Public Anthropology 2023-04-18
Fossil teeth reveal how brains developed in utero over millions of years of human evolution

Fossilized bones help tell the story of what human beings and our predecessors were doing hundreds of thousands of years ago. But how can you learn about important parts of our ancestors’ life cycle – like pregnancy or gestation – that leave no obvious trace in the fossil record?


Our ancestors’ prenatal growth sped up after we split from chimps

High prenatal growth rates found in modern people may have first evolved in ancient hominids less than a million years ago, according to estimates based on fossil teeth.

Human fetuses grow by around 11.6 grams per day on average – considerably faster than the fetuses of gorillas, the…

Anthropology faculty and students awarded grants to support research 2022-06-09
Research Recap for Jan. 10: Behavioral Neuroscience conference presentations & Anthropology grad's work to support housing 2022-01-10
WWU's James Loucky the recipient of the Howard and Rosemary Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award 2021-10-06
Research Recap for Sept. 24 2021-09-24
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