Archaeology

Climate drove 7,000 years of dietary changes

Projected climatic changes will be essential to predict health and well-being for populations in the future.


A painting of a Savanna with giraffes, elephants, gazelles, zebras, and two homo Erectus humans holding a spear.

Did meat make us human?

A new study questions the importance of meat-eating in shaping human evolution.


Red rock desert scene with a rock wall on the left with an ancient archaeological structure built in. Archaeologists are documenting the site. There is red rock, and sage green shrubs around the ground beneath the structure.

Protecting the past at Bears Ears

Bears Ears is not just about boundaries, it’s about management.


A close up of quaking aspen trees.

Indigenous land-use reduced catastrophic wildfires on the Fish Lake Plateau

U researchers found that 1,000 years ago, the Fremont used cultural burning to reduce the risk for large-scale wildfire activity in mountain environments.


A reversal of Earth’s geomagnetic field

Approximately 42,000 years ago the Earth’s geomagnetic field reversed, triggering dramatic climate shifts and fueling ecological change on a global scale.


‘Behind the Scenes Reimagined’ with Ty Burrell

Join the “Modern Family” actor for a five-part webcast examining the Natural History Museum of Utah’s collections.


Ecosystems of early human evolution

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the ancient plant and animal communities that our fossil ancestors lived in over the past 7 million years.


Revealing the past

A data recovery excavation will help document the history of Fort Douglas buildings and look for clues about historic military life and activities.