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.

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"Skeleton Keys" reveals the secrets hidden inside your bones Read now →

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

Humans in South America evolved to live with arsenic poisoning Read now →

The toxic environment offers clues to ancient mummies and human evolution

The history of humanity is written across your smile Read now →

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

The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading Read now →

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

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

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 Read now →

Hit the gym and find the sunshine vitamin

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Some spooky Halloween Archaeology facts from Massive Consortium member Darcy Shapiro

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

🧛🏼‍♂️ Bioarchaeologists recently excavating a 17th-18th century cemetery in Poland have found graves of “suspected vampires” — people the locals interred with iron sickles or with rocks under their chins, to keep them from rising and feeding on the living. 

🔪 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 — a likely indicator of cannibalism. 

👻 Happy Halloween! 🎃