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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Anthropology

Program in
Human Ecology and Archaeobiology

Research Interests

Bruce D. Smith has been a Curator of North American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, NMNH, since 1978. His primary geographical area of interest is eastern North America, and his general research interests have centered on human-environmental interaction (CV, PNAS profile). 

Since 1985 his research and writing have largely focused on the origins of agriculture, a major evolutionary transition in human history. Smith has documented the transition from hunting and gathering to food production in eastern North America (ENA Research topic link, 2006 ENA PNAS, 2009 Riverton), and reanalyzed early domesticated plant remains from Mesoamerica (Mesoamerica Research Topic Link, 1997 Ocampo Caves LAA, 1997 C. Pepo Science, 2005 Coxcatlan Cave PNAS),

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Links—Recent Publications in PDF

  • Smith CV.

    Smith, Bruce D.
    2012 A Cultural Niche Construction Theory of Initial
    Domestication. Biological Theory 6(3):1-12.

Bruce Smith Photo

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