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UNM Anthropology Professor Examines Effects of the Last Cold Snap of the Ice Age on Humans

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Lawrence Straus
 

 


UNM Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Lawrence Straus, and Professor Frank E. (Ted) Goebel, professor of Anthropology and endowed professor of First American Studies at Texas A&M, recently published a special issue of Quaternary International titled, "Humans and Younger Dryas."  The volume brings together papers by researchers in archeology and paleo-environmental sciences from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia to evaluate the effects of the last "cold snap" of the Ice Age on humans in the Northern Hemisphere.

Lasting less than a millennium, the Younger Dryas event began abruptly around 13,000 years ago and found humans living for the first time ever at high latitudes and in the Americas.  There has been considerable debate over whether this brutal but brief cold episode, caused by vast influxes of glacial melt water into the North Atlantic, actually resulted in significant changes in the geographic distribution and lifeways of humans in the Northern Hemisphere.

This question was the subject of a double symposium (sponsored by the International Union for Quaternary Research--INQUA) organized by Straus and Goebel at the 2009 Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.   The resultant volume is an official publication of INQUA, produced by Elsevier. Besides U.S. and Canadian specialists, the authors include researchers from Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, China and Japan.

He is the author or co-author of 17 books.  His latest book can be found at Quaternary International (Elsevier/INQUA), Volume 242, no.2 (pp.259-583).  Order through JournalCustomer Service-usa@elsevier.com

Straus is also editor of UNM's internationally known Journal of Anthropological Research.

Media contact: Karen Wentworth, (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu

 

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