Testing the fossil record: how simulations help us understand the relative roles of diversification and preservation underlying diversity gradients in deep time

Biodiversity hotspots and gradients are a striking feature across the globe today. While the Latitudinal Diversity Gradient is the best known of these biodiversity patterns, strong gradients in species richness also exist in relation to topography and habitat heterogeneity.…


Women of Discord – the power of women in Aztec society

Women held an extraordinary position in Aztec society.  Through their connection to the earth through childbirth, they were believed to wield primal forces which gave them both access to awesome power and the potential for catastrophic disruption.…


Planning for international travel with “high-tech” field equipment

The Society for American Archaeology’s paper of the month for February comes from Advances in Archaeological Practice and is entitled: ‘Strategies for International Travel with “High-Tech” Archaeological Field Equipment’.…


Unearthing the lineage of living fossils: the oldest mawsoniid coelacanth in Europe

The study “A mawsoniid coelacanth (Sarcopterygii: Actinistia) from the Rhaetian (Upper Triassic) of the Peygros quarry, Le Thoronet (Var, southeastern France)” by Uthumporn Deesri et al., recently published in Geological Magazine, presents and describes for the first time fossil evidence for a mawsoniid coelacanth recently unearthed from a quarry in southeastern France.…


Meet the Editors of Advances in Archaeological Practice

The editors of Advances in Archaeological Practice are delighted to share with you the first issue in the journal’s sixth volume year.…