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Department of Anthropology

Jim Ahern
Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Biological Anthropology


B.A. 1991, Beloit College
M.A. 1993, Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. 1998, University of Michigan

jahern@uwyo.edu • (307) 766-4286 • Anthropology Bldg 217 (office) & Old Main 403


The main question that drives Dr. Ahern's research and teaching is: "What do we really know?" In other words, he is interested in tackling long-held assumptions and narrowing the possible explanations that we can derive from the limited dataset that represents the past. Influenced by this philosophy, Jim's research has covered many aspects of human biological and biocultural evolution, ranging from work on the origin of the hominin lineage to the peopling of the Americas. Much of Jim's current research focuses on the complex biocultural dynamics that coincided with the Neandertal modern human transition in Central Europe. Jim teaches a variety of courses in biological anthropology. He structures his teaching methods within a larger set of educational goals drawn from a student-centered core philosophy. Dr. Ahern has won many awards for his teaching including the Beatrice Gallatin Beuf Golden Apple of the Hesperides Award for Outstanding Freshman Teaching and the College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit Award for Teaching.

 

Courses Taught:


ANTH 1100          Introduction to Biological Anthropology pdf

ANTH 4215/5215  Evolution and Hominid Fossils pdf

ANTH 4220          Human Variation

ANTH 4020          Seminar: Neandertals

ANTH 5890         Teaching in Anthropology

 

Recent/ Selected Publications:

Recent Publications:

Books:

Janković I, Komšo D, Mihelić S, and Ahern JCM (eds.).  2017.  ARCHAEOLIM: Archaeological Investigations into the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of the Lim Channel. Archaeological Museum of Zagreb. Refereed.

Smith FH and Ahern JCM (editors).  2013. The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered.  ISBN 9780470894095.  Wiley-Blackwell.  Refereed.

Articles & Chapters

Ahern JCM.  2018.  Sahelanthropus.  In: Trevathan W (ed.).  The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN: 9781118584422.

Janković I, Vukosavljević N, Ahern JCM, Karavanić I, Mihelić S and Smith FH.  2018.  Bukovac cave revisited.  Recent excavations of an early Upper Paleolithic site in the Gorski kotar region of Croatia. Arch Korrespondezblatt.

Janković I, Komšo D, Ahern JCM, Becker R, Barbir A, Gerometta K, Cvitkušić B, and Mihelić S.  2017.  ARHEOLOŠKA ISTRAŽIVANJA U LIMSKOM KANALU 2016. Lokaliteti: Romualdova pećina, Abri Kontija 002, Lim 001, Pećina kod Rovinjskog Sela/ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION IN THE LIM CHANNEL IN 2016
Sites: Romuald’s Cave, Abri Kontija 002, Lim 001, Pećina Cave Near Rovinjsko Selo.  Histria Archaeologica. 47/2016: 75-97.

Janković I, Komšo D, and Ahern JCM. 2017.  Introduction: The ARCHAEOLIM Project.  In: Janković I, Komšo D, Mihelić S, and Ahern JCM (eds.).  ARCHAEOLIM: Archaeological Investigations into the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of the Lim Channel. Archaeological Museum of Zagreb.

Janković I, Komšo D, and Ahern JCM.  2017.  Nalazi ljudskih kosturni ostataka/Human skeletal remains.  In: Janković I, Komšo D, Mihelić S, and Ahern JCM (eds.).  ARCHAEOLIM: Archaeological Investigations into the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of the Lim Channel. Archaeological Museum of Zagreb.

Karavanić I, Šošić-Klindžić R, Ahern JCM, Čondić N, Janković I, Zubčić K, and Smith FH. 2017.  Recent research on the Middle/Upper Paleolithic interface in Croatia, in the context of Central and SE Europe. In Harvati K and Roksandic M (eds.): Human Evolution in the Southern Balkans. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (Delson E & Sargis E, Series Eds.).  Springer-Verlag.

Janković I, Ahern JCM, Karavanić I, and Smith FH.  2017. The importance of Croatian Pleistocene hominin finds in the study of human evolution. In Harvati K and Roksandic M (eds.): Human Evolution in the Southern Balkans. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (Delson E & Sargis E, Series Eds.).  Springer-Verlag. 

Karavanić I, Vukosavljević N, Janković I, Ahern JCM, and Smith FH.  2017.  Paleolithic hominins and settlement in Croatia from MIS 6 to MIS 3: research history and current interpretations.  Quaternary International. Doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.09.034.

Becker R, Janković I, Komšo D, Ahern JCM, Gerometta K, and Weinstock J.  2017. Earth Resistance Tomography for Detecting Previous Excavation Trenches in Cave and Rock Shelter Sites in the Lim Channel, Croatia. Collegium Antropologicum. 41:173-179.

Smith FH, Ahern JCM, Janković I and Karavanić I.  2017.  Ancient genomics and the Assimilation Model for modern human origins.  Quaternary International. 450:126-136.

Janković I, Balen J, Ahern JCM, Premužić Z, Čavka M, Potrebica H, and Novak M.  2017.  Prehistoric massacre revealed.  Four cases of perimortem cranial trauma from Potočani, Croatia.  Anthropologischer Anzeiger. 74(2):131-141.

Surovell TA, Toohey JL, Myers AD, LaBelle JM, Ahern JCM, Reisig B.  2017.  The end of archaeological discovery.  American Antiquity. 33(2): 288-300.

Karavanić I, Vukosavljević N, Čondić N, Miko S, Razum I, Ilijanić N, Zubčić K, Šošić Klindžić R, Ahern JCM, and Barbir A.  2016.  Projekt “Kasni musterijen na istočnom Jadranu – temelj za razumijevanje identiteta kasnih neandertalaca i nihovog nestanka”: sažetak 2. I 3. godine istraživanja/Project Late Mousterian in the eastern Adriatic – towards understanding of the late Neanderthals’ identity and their demise: summary of the 2nd and 3rd years of research.  Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu. 33:135-150.

Janković I, Ahern JCM, Becker R, Komšo D, Gerometta K, Mihelić S, Zubčić K. 2016. Arheološka istraživanja u Limskom kanalu 2014. i 2015. Lokaliteti Romualdova pećina i Abri Kontija 002, Pećina kod Rovinjskog Sela, Lim 001 i podvodni pregled Limskog kanala. Histria Archaeologica. 46: 5-23.

Šošić-Klindžić R, Radović S, Težak-Gregl T, Šlaus M, Perhoč Z, Hulina M, Gerometta K, Boschian G, Vukosavljević N, Karavanić I, Richards M, Ahern JCM, Janković I.  2015.  Late Upper Paleolithic, Early Mesolithic and Early Neolithic  from the cave site Zemunica, Bisko (Croatia).  Eurasian Prehistory. 12:3-46.

Janković I, Ahern JCM, Mihelić S, and Premužić Z.  2015.  Bronze Age finds from Romualdova Cave, Istria: 2014 excavation season.  Collegium Antropologicum.  39(4):943-946.

Šošić-Klindžić R, Karavanić I, Vukosavljević N, Ahern JCM. Smještaj, stratigrafija, kronologia i tijek iskopavanja špilje Zale (Occupation, stratigraphy, chronology and the course of excavations at Zala Cave).  2015.  In Karavanić I and Vukosavljević N (eds).  Arheologija Špilje Zale: Od Paleolitičkih Lovaca Skupljača do Rimskih Osvajača. Katedra Čakavskog sabora Modruše.

Karavanić I, Vukosavljević N, Šošić-Klindžić R, Ahern JCM, and Smith FH. Špila Zala u dijakronijskoj perspektivi: sažetak rezultata.  2015.  In Karavanić I and Vukosavljević N (eds). Arheologija Špilje Zale: Od Paleolitičkih Lovaca Skupljača do Rimskih Osvajača. Katedra Čakavskog sabora Modruše.

Ahern JCM.  2015.  Archaic Homo. In M. Muehlenbein (ed.): Basics in Human Evolution.  Elsevier. 

Janković I, Ahern JCM, and Smith FH.  2015.  On some aspects of Neandertal zygomatic morphology with consideration of other archaic and early modern humans.  HOMO: The Journal of Comparative Human Biology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jchb.2015.12.001

Karavanić I, Janković I, Ahern JCM, and Smith FH.  2014.  Current research on the Middle Paleolithic cave, open-air and underwater sites in Dalmatia, Croatia.  Dolní Věstonice Studies. 20: 31-36.

Karavanić, I., Vukosavljević, N., Šošić Klindžić, R., Ahern, J. C. M., Čondić, N., Becker, R., Zubčić, K., Šuta, I., Gerometta, K., and Giovanni Boschian.  2014.  Projekt Kasni musterijen na istočnom Jadranu – temelj za razumijevanje identiteta kasnih neandertalaca i njihovog nestanka: sažetak 1. godine istraživanja/Project Late Mousterian in the eastern Adriatic – towards understanding of late Neanderthals identity and their demise: summary of the first year results. Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu. 31:139-158.

Ahern JCM, Janković I, Voisin J-L and Smith FH.  2013. Modern human origins in Central Europe.  In Smith FH and Ahern JCM (eds.): The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered.  Wiley-Blackwell. 

Smith FH and Ahern JCM. 2013. Thoughts on modern human origins: From 1984 to 2012. In Smith FH and Ahern JCM (eds.): The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered.  Wiley-Blackwell. 

 

Jim on Academia.eduhttp://uwyo.academia.edu/JamesAhern 

Research Interests:

Biological Anthropology, Human Paleontology, Paleolithic Archaeology, Biocultural Evolution, Europe, Africa, Neandertals and Modern Human Origins, Hominin Origins and Australopithecines, Systematics, Species Concepts

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