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Clark Spencer Larsen

American biological anthropologist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Clark Spencer Larsen is co-director of the European History of Health Project, a Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State University, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his B.A. in anthropology from Kansas State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

Larsen’s major area of interest and inquiry is bioarchaeology, which is the study of humans through the archaeological record left by their remains. Bioarchaeology can reveal many clues about the health and lifestyle of early humans through the use of tools such as dietary reconstruction and biomechanics. He has published hundreds of articles and other works, including a popular textbook, Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology, and Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton. His bioarchaeological research has taken him to sites in Turkey, Italy, and the United States.

He has been a long-time director of the La Florida Bioarchaeology Project, exploring early inhabitants of St. Catherines Island in Georgia. His work has been recognized by a number of organizations. He was a National Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, from 2005-2008. In 2006, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Clark Spencer Larsen is an American biological anthropologist, author, and educator. His work focuses on bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from archaeological settings. Although his interests span the entire record of human evolution, his research largely pertains to the last 10,000 years, a period of dynamic change in health, well- being, and lifestyle, much of which relates to population increase, overcrowding, and nutritional decline that co-occurred with the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture, creating living conditions that humans are grappling with to the present day.

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Ohio State University
Ohio State University

Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

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#585 World Rank #301 USA Rank