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 5 articles

The history of humanity is written across your smile

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

The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading

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

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

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

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

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

Hit the gym and find the sunshine vitamin

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Some spooky Halloween Archaeology facts from Massive Consortium member Darcy Shapiro

πŸ’€ You can estimate a person’s age from their skeleton (specifically, from how many/which bones have fused growth plates) β€” and the more skeletal bones you have, the better your age estimate! 

πŸ§›πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ Bioarchaeologists recently excavating a 17th-18th century cemetery in Poland have found graves of β€œsuspected vampires” β€” people the locals interred with iron sickles or with rocks under their chins, to keep them from rising and feeding on the living. 

πŸ”ͺ Paleoanthropologists have found cut-marked Neanderthal bones at a number of Neanderthal sites. The placement of these marks suggests that individuals were dismembered and de-fleshed β€” a likely indicator of cannibalism. 

πŸ‘» Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒ

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