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Arctic Adaptations

Benjamin M. Auerbach

Benjamin Auerbach is involved in a two studies of past human adaptations to the extreme environments of the North American arctic.  In one project, he and colleagues Kathryn King (University of Arkansas – Little Rock) and Adam Sylvester (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) are examining the effects of arctic climatic adaptations on the shape of the human pelvis in relation to obstetrics and mortality.  The other research endeavor involves developing a more holistic understanding of the lifeways of the arctic foragers in far western Alaska in relation to other arctic groups and foragers from lower latitudes.  Work in this area involves collaboration with Libby Cowgill (University of Central Florida) and Charles Hilton (Grinnell College).

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