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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Department of Anthropology

Arctic Studies Center

ARTCIC CRASHES is a multi-disciplined research endeavor that will require the better part of two years to complete. However, there’s always more work to be done.

One goal of ARCTIC CRASHES is to create a foundation for future research and expand the reach by which this new methodology can be applied. The ARCTIC CRASHES multi-discipline, sub-population oriented model can be applied to European Arctic and Russian Arctic seas in addition to the Canadian and Alaskan regions currently being studied.  The walrus and harp seal populations of the Northern Europe and Scandinavia are of particular interest.

The final phase of ARCTIC CRASHES will include several different arctic mammals in its case studies, but will focus primarily on seals and walruses. Later, we will expand our focus to encompass a more detailed account of the history of whaling in the North Atlantic, with a greater emphasis on archeological and historical bone and baleen records in correlation with 1700’s whaling records.

There is great potential for genetic research into these populations, and even greater potential for synthesis of biological and archeological data. With the addition of climate data, ARCTIC CRASHES has the potential to set a new standard paradigm for anthropological, biological, and paleontological research.

Content Prepared by Joshua Fiacco

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