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Sarah V. Livengood, 2010

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. She studies the evolution of the human diet, and uses dental microwear textural analysis of hunter- gatherer societies to better understand the dietary signal in the fossil record. She works with the Hadza, hunter-gatherers from Tanzania, and various bioarchaeological populations of hunter-gatherers. Sarah is also a part of the team working to reconstruct the diet of Homo naledi, the recently discovered hominin from South Africa.

Outside of the fossil record, Sarah is involved in clinical applications of confocal microscopy including, research to better understand the etiology of non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs).

In addition to her current work, Sarah has also studied the diet in ancient populations from Late Horizon Peruvian site of Machu Picchu and Chotuna-Huaca de Los Sacrificios, Lambayeque. This work includes dental microwear and isotopic analysis of hair and bone. She currently serves on the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Students’ Committee, and previously served as the student representative (2011-2013) for the Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association.

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