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The past and future of walruses: bringing together interdisciplinary science and poignant footage from 'Our Planet'.

Xénia Keighley's recent review paper focusing on the historical ecology of Atlantic walrus has featured in Darcy Shapiro's piece for Massive Science. Shaprio's article summarises the major points of the review article, placing it in a broader context of a changing Arctic and public reactions to alarming footage from the nature documentary 'Our Planet'.

Photo credit: Frits Steenhuisen

Stone Age “chewing gum” yields 5,700 year­ old human genome and oral microbiome

Theis Jensen and Jonas Niemann exciting work has been covered in the press multiple times in a variety of magazines and national newspapers (Weekendavisen).



Ancient Japanese wolf may be rare remnant of ice age wolves

Jonas Niemann's research has recently been covered by Ann Gibbons, in ScienceMag ( Results reveal the fate of the now extinct 'Honshū wolf' from Japan.

Brexit could devastate UK archaeology

Matthew Collins is interviewed on his concerns regarding the Impact of Brexit for UK Archaeology.

The quality of archaeology research and teaching in UK universities, as measured by QS World University Rankings, has never been higher. British departments fill the top four archaeology places in 2017. “I put down most of this success”, says Matthew Collins, professor of archaeology at York University (ranked 11th for archaeology in the world) “to the ability of my colleagues to craft winning European funding applications and to draw in leading European scholars.” Such funding has enabled York to grow its department with specialists in DNA, lipid, protein and stable isotope studies. A shift in archaeology towards more scientific research, adds Collins, is not unique to York: all the world-ranking UK departments are noted for their strong science base.

European Research Council (ERC) data support this claim. Collins, who is also Niels Bohr professor at the University of Copenhagen, says that while UK universities on average received 14% of ERC funding, nearly half those awards went to archaeology. He further finds that the total UK contribution to archaeological research from the ERC, at €41.5m, matches the £35m from Research Councils UK. If not replaced, the loss of ERC funding could devastate archaeological research.