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At first glance, the two gorilla skulls on display in a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History are unremarkable, except for maybe their size. But these skeletal remains are intertwined with the fascinating personal story of one of the nation’s pioneering female anthropologists, Dian Fossey. http://ow.ly/sjsX30a4HAm

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Hortense Powdermaker’s analysis of a Hollywood movie industry driven by extreme uncertainty, anxiety, and crisis in "Hollywood, the Dream Factory" (1950), remains just as relevant to today’s industry marked by increasing post-Fordist production and globalization. http://ow.ly/wdWt309W3J1

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The San people of Southern Africa are among the closest living relatives of our hunting and gathering ancestors. Scientists have flocked to study their age-old rituals and ancient genetic fingerprints. Now, after more than a century of being scrutinized by science, the San are demanding something back. Earlier this month the group unveiled a code of ethics for researchers wishing to study their culture, genes, or heritage. http://ow.ly/AwI230a4GxG

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"I'm worried that the Kennewick Man case has become our frame for thinking about ancient skeletons -- that is, the idea that Native American and scientific interests are opposed. In fact, there's often more we can learn by working together. Repatriation should be guided by collaboration, not conflict." Read more in this interview with AAA member Chip Colwell: http://ow.ly/iXIj30a4RDx

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A Jewish Cuban girl who flees Fidel Castro’s regime and lands in multicultural New York City is the main character of the first novel by AAA member Ruth Behar, designed to teach U.S. children about belonging, identity and immigration. http://ow.ly/FBi530a4DV8

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Six decades separate the #OscarsSoWhite movement and the publication of Hortense Powdermaker’s ethnography on Hollywood’s inner workings "Hollywood, the Dream Factory: An Anthropologist Looks at the Movie-Makers" (1950). Yet Powdermaker’s analysis presents a clear diagnosis of the structures the contemporary movement struggles against. http://ow.ly/4eNY309W36i

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A review of previous studies about how women manage menopause symptoms has found that they frequently use alternative treatments but often do not inform their doctors about them. The study, accepted and published online by the journal Maturitas, is written by University of Delaware student Dunia Tonob and AAA member Melissa Melby. http://ow.ly/zLZf309W1qc

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"Everyone is supposedly a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day but there is more truth to this saying than most recognize. It's not merely a loophole allowing for the uninhibited consumption of Guinness. The Irish have traveled to all corners of the world, and like other immigrant groups, wherever they have stayed they have left a mark." http://ow.ly/mlMD309Y2ll

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us once more. How are you going to celebrate yours? http://ow.ly/VnGm309Y1Lw

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From Jamestown to Troy, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported digs around the world. http://ow.ly/fuii309VZGY
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