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Darcy Shapiro

Evolutionary Anthropology

Rutgers University

Hi! I'm Darcy Shapiro, a recent PhD in evolutionary anthropology from Rutgers University. I study the internal structure of the hip bones of primates, to try to figure out how fossil primates and our early hominid relatives climbed, walked, ran, scrambled, swung, and leaped around.

Darcy has authored 8 articles

Netflix's Our Planet showed walruses in distress. We need to find what humanity's role is

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Understanding walrus-human interactions in the past might shed some light on the "walrus scene"

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"Skeleton Keys" reveals the secrets hidden inside your bones

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Brian Switek's book breathes new life into our understanding of old bones

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Humans in South America evolved to live with arsenic poisoning

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The toxic environment offers clues to ancient mummies and human evolution

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The history of humanity is written across your smile

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'The Tales Teeth Tell' traces the evolution of our teeth into "oral Swiss army knives"

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The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading

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Nathan Lents' new book details the accidental, incidental nature of human quirks

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Did humans evolve to eat raw, aged, or cooked meat? I tried to test digestion

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That's how I ended up feeding raw meat to undergrads

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Bonobos' penchant for aquatic herbs might be why we have such big brains

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Iodine promotes brain development, but until now we did not know where our hominin ancestors may have gotten this mineral

A Denisovan jaw bone is discovered; ancient human relative skeleton becomes more complete

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Previously, only fragments of bone and mitochondrial DNA linked Denisovans to Homo sapiens

Some spooky Halloween Archaeology facts from Massive Consortium member Darcy Shapiro

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These true stories show that archaeology has plenty of terrifying discoveries to share

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We're studying collapsed civilizations so that ours can endure climate change

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Paleoclimatologists are digging into the connections between the collapse of Maya Civilization and extreme droughts

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Here's how to avoid outliving your own bones

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Hit the gym and find the sunshine vitamin

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