Dr. Carl Lipo (Anthropology) Receives Recognition for his Book "The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island"

Dr. Carl Lipo (Anthropology) recently received recognition for his book The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island (Free Press, 2011). His book won the 2012 Society for American Archaeology Book of the Year Award in the Public Audience category. The Society for American Archaeology annually awards two prizes to honor recently published books. Dr. Lipo’s book was awarded for its being written for the general public and presenting the results of archaeological research to a broader audience.

Earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Lipo received his doctorate degree in Anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently serves as a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). His research focuses on the use of evolutionary theory to generate scientific explanations about human cultural change in the archaeological record. Dr. Lipo explains, “I see this focus as a critical challenge for the social sciences and that our ability to be able to do this task is vital to our future. My perspective is fairly idiosyncratic to my background but lodged in the philosophy of science and evolutionary biology.”

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Photo adapted from Carl Lipo’s website.

Compiled and edited by Cortney Smethurst