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Contact: Carolyn Gonzales 277-5920

Feb. 28, 2007

Ice Age Extinctions Focus of 24th Annual JAR Lecture at UNM
Special seminar on diet changes from Neandertals to humans March 23

Donald K Grayson, anthropology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, presents the XXIV Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture, “Ice Age Extinctions in North America: Deciphering the Cause,” on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of New Mexico anthropology lecture hall, room 163.

A special seminar, “Chowing up: Diet and the Transition from Neandertals to Modern Humans in Southwestern France,” is set for Friday, March 23, at noon in anthropology room 178. Both events are free and open to the public.

Grayson is an archeozoologist and historian of archeology who has researched and published extensively on Ice Age faunas, environments and human adaptations of the American Great Basin and Southwestern France. He is a major player in the debates about the roles of climate change and human activity in the extinction of Pleistocene faunas in North America, the nature of Paleoindian lifeways, and the subsistence of Neandertals and early modern humans in Europe. His research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, the Leakey Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and others.

Grayson’s 1983 book, The Establishment of Human Antiquity, is still one of the best accounts of the discipline of prehistory, as recognized by the American Library Association. He has a long-time collaboration with Dr. Françoise Delpech of the Université de Bordeaux in the detailed analysis of faunal remains from Paleolithic sites in the Périgord region and he was a member of the famous 1997 Monte Verde Site Evaluation Committee in Chile.

Grayson has mentored 17 Ph.D. students at UW and has directed the UW archeological field school in the Great Basin on many occasions over the past 30 years. Grayson is on 10 editorial boards (including JAR’s). In 1986, he was given the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research by the Society for American Archaeology. He is a lively, engaging, knowledgeable speaker; his JAR Distinguished Lecture will ask & then answer the age-old question: “what killed off Pleistocene mammoths, camels, horses, of North America: humans or climate change?”

The Anthropology building is on Redondo Rd., east of University Blvd. between Roma and Martin Luther King Blvd.

The Journal of Anthropological Research has been published quarterly by the University of New Mexico in the interest of general anthropology since 1945. Each volume includes about 600 ad-free pages of original, peer-reviewed articles, book reviews & the JAR Lectures. Individual U.S. subscriptions are $30. Contact JAR at (505) 277-4544 or visit its website: www.unm.edu/~jar

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