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Study on oral health of the Hadza, the last hunter-gatherers in Africa, challenges long-held conventional wisdom about diet and oral health.

Findings from the first comprehensive study on the oral health of a population in transition from a foraging, wild-food diet to an agriculture-based diet indicate that oral health is affected not just by diet, but also by gender and behavior differences between men and women. Peter Ungar, Distinguished Professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, and Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, worked with New York dentist, John Sorrentino, on the research published today in the journal PloS One. “The transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is routinely associated...

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Discovering the Past through Fossils in Kanapoi

Peter Ungar, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, reports from Kenya below. He and Luke Delezene, assistant professor of anthropology, are part of an international team working to identify fossils from Kanapoi with Mike Plavcan, professor of anthropology and co-director of excavations at the site. Plavcan, co-director of the West Turkana Paleo Project, is the primary investigator on the National Science Foundation grant funding the research at Kanapoi in the West Turkana region of Kenya with Fredrick Kyalo Manthi of the Kenya National Museums. This is Plavcan’s fourth expedition to the site and has been co-director of...

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Students in the Field

Students in Peter Ungar and Steven Beaupre’s study abroad class, Tanzania: Ecology, Evolution & Peoples of East Africa take time in Zanzibar to talk about lessons learned in the field. #HogsAbroad Q: What did this experience teach you? Mark Howard:  This program has not only been an incredible ecological experience by being able to see the different national parks and the wildlife within, but it has also been a life-changing cultural experience. Being able to dig to our cultural roots with the hunter and gatherer Hadzabe people gives a sense of “home” to Tanzania. I have also become aware of...

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Lessons in Life from Tanzania

Peter Ungar, chair of the Department of Anthropology, and Steven Beaupre, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, answer questions from Tanzania on the importance of the region for studying biological and human evolution and diversity. They are in Africa with a U of A study abroad class, teaching Tanzania: Ecology, Evolution & Peoples of East Africa. Q: How is this area of Tanzania a good laboratory for learning about ecological processes and organic evolution? Beaupre: Tanzania is equatorial. On planet earth, biological diversity increases as one moves from the poles to the equator. Thus, Tanzania is an area of...

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