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Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Bass, December 9, 1932 – March 2, 2021

Posted March 3, 2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Bass, Founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Father of Underwater Archaeology. He influenced generations of Nautical Archaeologists, pioneering the science of archaeological excavation under water.

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Ancient Skeletal Hand Could Reveal Evolutionary Secrets

Posted February 25, 2021

A recent discovery by Dr. Cody Prang of the Department of Anthropology provides clues about how early humans began to walk upright and make similar movements that all humans perform today. The research was published in the February 24 issue of Science Advances.

Vaughn Bryant

Regents Professor Vaughn Bryant, October 5, 1940 — January 30, 2021

Posted February 3, 2021

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share this sad news. Our friend, our mentor, our dearest colleague, Dr. Vaughn Bryant, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 30, 2021 after battling one of the most aggressive forms of cancer for the past several years. He will be remembered with the greatest fondness for his kindness of spirit and his generosity of heart.

He created our department, made so many careers and futures here possible, and touched the lives of every person he came in contact with during his 50 years in the Department of Anthropology. We will miss him dearly. A memorial scholarship will soon be established in his name.

Because of the pandemic, a service has not yet been planned, but we will share more details as soon as we can.

Gifts in memory of Dr. Vaughn M. Bryant should be sent to Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. For online gifts please copy and paste the following link: Please add Vaughn M. Bryant to the note area.

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