Peculiar Primates: Macaques

Macaques, like humans, are wide-ranging primates that prosper in many different environments, and as a result, both macaques and humans have been described as “weed species” (1). Apart from choking out your garden and littering your sidewalk, both primate...

Messed Up Mammals and the Joys of Research Travel

One of the best parts about being a biological anthropologist is having the opportunity to travel to natural history museums all over the world and to see the collections that rarely, if ever, go on display to the public. Sometimes these hidden collections are pretty...

Peculiar Primates: Pygmy Marmosets

A new school year is starting in the US, so we’re hoping this month’s peculiar primate will help you get ready and excited to learn. As requested, this month’s post is about the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea). This little one is the smallest monkey in...

Peculiar Primates: Bald-headed Uakaris

This month’s primate certainly turns heads in the rainforests of South America. Let’s just say this species isn’t winning any beauty contests, not by our human standards, anyway. When looking at this primate, we find ourselves remembering a really bad...

Peculiar Primates: Emperor Tamarins

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post of Peculiar Primates! Our research at the University of Arkansas incorporates a lot of different primates, so we want to clue you in to some of the cool, weird, and awesome species that we study. Of course,...

Exciting happenings in the Terhune Lab

Exciting things have been happening in the Terhune Lab so far this year! In fact, we’re a bit behind the curve here since so many things have been going on that we’ve decided to give you one big update. In January, both Ashly Romero and Caitlin Yoakum were...

Disarticulation Station

The most recent specimen cleaned in the Terhune lab's dermestid colony was an adult North American River Otter or Lontra canadensis that was killed by a local dog and donated to the Terhune lab. While the otter's cranium was broken and stored in formalin for later...

Notes from the field

Ever wonder what it's like to do paleoanthropological field work? Terhune lab members Ashly Romero and Caitlin Yoakum shared their experience in posts for the University of Arkansas's Field Notes series. You can see their posts here: Looking for Evidence of Early...

Veiled Chameleon Dissection and Timelapse

For the past couple weeks the Terhune Lab has been cleaning chameleons for the Willson Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences here at UArk. The video below is a timelapse of the beetles cleaning an adult veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) over the course...

Mammal defense and brain size

Congratulations to Terhune lab member Ashly Romero on her recent (and first!) publication on antipredator defenses and brain size in mammals. Along with her undergraduate advisor at California State University Long Beach, Ted Stankowich, Ashly examined the...