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Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.

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AAPA Professional Development Grant leads to NSF award for Professor Sharon DeWitte

AAPA Professional Development Grant leads to NSF award for Professor Sharon DeWitte

by Ed Hagen last modified May 13, 2013 04:22 PM

The Black Death was one of the most destructive epidemics in history. Assistant Professor Sharon DeWitte at the University of South Carolina has been examining temporal changes in plague mortality patterns and the effects of the Black Death on the demographic and health conditions of surviving populations as a model for understanding the human response to emerging diseases. Funded by a 2012 AAPA Professional Development Grant, DeWitte collected paleodemographic data from several medieval London cemeteries. Among a number of interesting findings, DeWitte reports greater longevity combined with an increased frequency of periosteal lesions in the post-Black Death sample. DeWitte suggests that enhanced survival but relatively poor skeletal health at later adult ages might account for the post-Black Death pattern, a trend observed in living populations where improvements in mortality and longevity are often associated with declines in health status later in life. DeWitte is continuing her work on the health and demographic effects of the Black Death, having successfully turned her AAPA Professional Development Grant into a National Science Foundation award funded jointly by Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology. Congratulations Professor DeWitte!

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American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Health in post-black death London (1350–1538): Age patterns of periosteal new bone formation in a post-epidemic population Apr 17, 2014
Examining short-term nutritional status among BaAka foragers in transitional economies Apr 17, 2014
Brief communication: Developmental versus functional three-dimensional geometric morphometric-based modularity of the human proximal humerus Apr 11, 2014
Animal teeth and human tools: A taphonomic odyssey in ice age Siberia. Edited By Christy G. Turner II, Nicolai D. Ovodov and Olga V. Pavlova Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2013. 490 pp. ISBN 9781607322245. $110.00 (hardcover). Apr 10, 2014
Behavioral flexibility of vervet monkeys in response to climatic and social variability Apr 07, 2014
Palaeodiet reconstruction in a woman with probable celiac disease: A stable isotope analysis of bone remains from the archaeological site of Cosa (Italy) Apr 07, 2014
Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis, and Uacaris. Edited by Liza M. Veiga, Adrian A. Barnett, Stephen F.Ferrari, and Marilyn A. Norconk. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2013. 420 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-88158-6. $145.00 (hardcover). Apr 05, 2014
Obituary: Christy Gentry Turner II (November 28, 1933–July 27, 2013) Apr 03, 2014
Mission Cemeteries, Mission People: Historical and Evolutionary Dimensions of Intracemetery Bioarcheology in Spanish Florida. by Christopher M. Stojanowski. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 2013. 304 pp. ISBN 978-0-8130-4463-7. $79.95 (cloth). Apr 03, 2014
Comparability of multiple data types from the bering strait region: Cranial and dental metrics and nonmetrics, mtDNA, and Y-chromosome DNA Mar 19, 2014