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Monday, November 21, 2011

Muriquis monkey mothers pull the strings

Moms are tops in muriquis monkey society. Photo by Carla B. Possamai; provided by K. B. Strier.

Moms are tops in muriquis monkey society. Photo by Carla B. Possamai; provided by K. B. Strier.

If you are a male human, nothing puts a damper on romantic success like having your mother in tow. If you are a male northern muriqui monkey, however, mom’s presence may be your best bet to find and successfully mate with just the right girl at the right time.

In a study of wild primates, reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Texas professors booked on BookTV

Several weeks ago, 10 University of Texas at Austin professors sat down with CSPAN host Peter Slen to talk about their books.

Julia Mickenberg

Julia Mickenberg

Those interviews have started to run on Book-TV, which appears on CSPAN-2 on weekends.

CSPAN is the cable television enterprise that covers the U.S. Congress and offers other public affairs programming. It turns CSPAN-2 over to interviews with non-fiction authors on weekends.

This weekend (Nov. 19-21, 2011) BookTV will feature interviews with three UT Austin professors, following two that appeared last weekend. More
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Science in process: Part 2

Chris Kirk, an associate professor of physical anthropology, talks about how he and colleagues set the record straight on the Darwinius masillae fossil. The fossil, they said, is part of the loris-lemur lineage, not the monkey-ape-human lineage.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Code Crackers

Linda Schele

Linda Schele

[caption id="attachment_536" align="alignright" width="175" caption="David Stuart"]David Stuart[/caption]Two University of Texas at Austin researchers are prominently featured in “Cracking the Maya Code,” an episode of Nova on PBS. The episode, first aired in April 2008, is rebroadcast at 7 p.m. May 5 on KLRU. It also is available online at Hulu.com.

David Stuart\'s Take Five video

The program follows the efforts of archeologists who for more than a century tried to figure out the meaning of symbols, called glyphs, inscribed in Maya ruins
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lucy in the Scanner

From the left, Ron Harvey, conservator; Alemu Admassu, curator; John Kappelman, anthropologist; and Richard Ketcham, geologist and CT Lab director.

Team Lucy CT: From the left, Ron Harvey, conservator; Alemu Admassu, curator; John Kappelman, anthropologist; and Richard Ketcham, geologist and CT Lab director.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world’s most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago.

Video on the CT Lab from NPR's Science Friday

John Kappelman, professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, led the
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