Anthropology professor to appear on 'CBS News Sunday Morning'

January 30, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Nina Jablonski, professor and head of Penn State's anthropology department, is scheduled to appear this Sunday (Feb. 1) on "CBS News Sunday Morning," a 90-minute newsmagazine show hosted by Charles Osgood, to disucss the topic of skin and the sun.

"CBS News Sunday Morning " airs on the network at 9 a.m. Eastern time in State College. Check local listings or the show's Web site for local air times and details.

Jablonski's 2006 book, "Skin: A Natural History," attracted a great deal of public and academic attention; her research on the evolution of human skin and skin color has been featured on "The Colbert Report" and in "National Geographic," "Scientific American" and other popular science publications. She was recently interviewed by CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner in her office and in the Matson Museum of Anthropology, both in Carpenter Building on the University Park campus.

Overall, Jablonski's research comprises diverse studies on primate and human evolution, especially on adaptations to changing environments through time.  Her research involves paleontological field work in sites in Asia and Africa, and analysis of fossil remains, as well as theoretical studies exploring the hidden aspects of human evolution not preserved in the fossil record.  Her most recent book is an edited volume with paleontologist Meave Leakey on the fossil monkeys of the famous Koobi Fora fossil site in Kenya.

  • IMAGE: Nina Jablonski
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