|Lawrence Straus in El Miron Cave in Spain.|
Credit: Courtesy of Lawrence Straus
A lifetime of research on humans living in a time of intense climate stress
University of New Mexico Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Lawrence Guy Straus found his life’s work as a young boy allowed into the study of his long-deceased French grandfather where he alone could look in the cabinet drawers, at the stone tools collected by Guy Magnant, a professor of classics who was also an amateur prehistorian. Straus’ relentless curiosity about the world of Stone Age humans has lasted a lifetime.
Straus will deliver the 61st Annual Research Lecture at 7 p.m. on April 21 in the Anthropology Lecture Hall, Room 163. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the Maxwell Museum.
The Annual Research Lecture is the highest honor UNM bestows on active faculty members. The selection is made by the UNM Research Policy Committee from among nominations that are supported by external letters from peers across the United States and abroad.
Straus is known internationally for his research. The title of his lecture is “Life and Death in the Last Ice Age: Paleolithic Human Adaptions in El Mirón Cave, Cantabrian Spain and Beyond.” His long career focused on Neanderthals and early modern humans has given him time to think about how our evolving species managed to survive in extremely harsh climatic conditions of the last ice age. This will be the subject of the Annual Research Lecture. [...] The University of New Mexico
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