Conrad Quintyn, associate professor of anthropology

Conrad Quintyn, associate professor of anthropology


Conrad Quintyn
Ph.D. University of Michigan
M.A. University of Michigan
B. A. Baylor University

cquintyn@bloomu.edu

Veteran: U.S. Navy (Honorably Discharged)
Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences ID#128188

Interests

Forensic Anthropology, forensic Anthropology & "Race," Human Origins in West Africa, Worldwide postcranial variation, Evolution of Human Diseases.

Why Anthropology?

"I was always interested in history, peoples, and culture. Then I took my first course in Anthropology as an undergrad at Baylor University. This was a general Introduction to Anthropology course covering human cultural and biological evolution. I really enjoyed the biological evolution portion of this course. I enjoy thinking about questions, such as are humans evolving? Have humans stopped evolving? Are our brains getting bigger? Or, will the Homo sapiens suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs?

I am fascinated by human origins, especially the competing hypotheses Out of Africa and Multiregional Evolution. Specifically, did a modern human species evolve solely in Africa and moved out replacing all existing hominid species in the Old World without interbreeding? Or did modern humans evolve in different regions of the Old World maintaining gene flow between populations. These hypotheses are fascinating but difficult to test.

In conclusion, the holistic nature of Anthropology allows one to discuss other, more practical issues, such as "race" and intelligence, "race" and forensic anthropology, the evolution of human diseases, evolution of human behavior, etc. These are issues which are very important in modern society."

Conrad Quintyn, Ph.D., and co-authors N. Seguchi and H. Takamuku of Department of Environmental Changes, Kyushu University, Japan had a paper, "A Study of Postcranial Indices, Ratios, and Body Mass versus Eco-geographical Variables in An Assessment of Phenotypical Adaptations to Climatic Conditions," accepted and presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, Tenn., April 2013.

Scholarship 2013

July — Quintyn, Ph.D., was awarded a Commissioner’s Area Command Significant Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Scholarship 2012

Human Origins May — Quintyn, Ph.D., published the third edition of his text Human Origins: An Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

November — Quintyn, Ph.D., C.B. Forensic Anthropology Report of Bones Recovered from a Wooded Area of Newport Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, November 2012. Pennsylvania
State Case #P04-0744558.

May — Quintyn, Ph.D., published the third edition of his text Human Origins: An Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Scholarship 2011

May — Quintyn, Ph.D., published his second edition of his text Human Origins: An Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Scholarship 2010

The Existence or Non-existence of Race May — Quintyn, Ph.D., recently published his book, "The Existence or Non-existence of Race: Forensic Anthropology, Population Admixture, and the Future of Racial Classification in the U.S." (Teneo Press, 2010). The book begins with a history of the race concept in biological anthropology and continues with current arguments within anthropology, human biology and genetics on the validity of the race concept are discussed. In the end, the future of racial classification in the U.S. is discussed in light of increasing immigration, U.S. Census, law enforcement, terrorism, civil rights, political redistricting, etc.

Human Origins April — Quintyn, Ph.D., will soon publish his book manuscript, “Human Origins,” with Kendall Hunt Publishing, which will be used as a textbook in introductory biological anthropology courses. The textbooks will be ready, starting in fall 2010.

February — Quintyn, Ph.D., co-authored an article with Sarah Wagner, of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, "Dismantling a national icon: Genetic testing and the tomb of the unknowns." The article can be found in 2009 Anthropology News 50(5):7-9.

Scholarship 2009

October — Quintyn, Ph.D., co-authored an article with Sarah Wagner, of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, "Dismantling a national icon: Genetic testing and the tomb of the unknowns." The article can be found in 2009 Anthropology News 50(5):7-9.

September — Quintyn, Ph.D., published a paper, "The naming of new species in hominin evolution: A radical proposal – A temporary cessation in assigning new names," which addresses the possibility of the overestimation of fossil species in hominin evolution. Quintyn's paper can be found in the 2009 Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60(4):307-341 and available online.

March — Quintyn, Ph.D., was accepted as a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (ID#128188) based on peer-review of his forensic anthropology cases and continuing work in forensic science.

January — Quintyn, Ph.D., published a paper, "The naming of new species in hominin evolution: A radical proposal – A temporary cessation in assigning new names," which addresses the possibility of the overestimation of fossil species in hominin evolution. Quintyn's paper can be found in the 2009 Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60(4):307-341.

Scholarship 2008

February — Quintyn, Ph.D., presented a paper, "Admixture and the growing list of racial categories: Clarity or confusion for law enforcement (and the public)," at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C., on 22 February 2008. Quintyn argued that the proliferation of the race categories on the most recent census may have a negative impact on law enforcement (and other programs). While the "race" concept has been proven to be dubious genetically, it does not change the general perception of the person on the street which includes law enforcement. Law enforcement must use racial categories which are simple and most familiar in order to increase the likelihood of finding criminals and missing individuals.

March — Quintyn, Ph.D., was asked by the Hazleton State Police Troop N. to submit a report of his finding regarding a recent murder case. The victim was found at the Mount Pocono exit of Interstate 380 and I-80. Dr. Quintyn has been assisting the local police in several cases in the area. One such recent case was the reanalysis of sex in the Beth Doe case (Cold Case 1976 murder) using bone analysis.

November — Quintyn, Ph.D., presented a paper titled "Biological Answers to Social Questions: Forensic Anthropology, Admixture, and the Increasing Difficulties in Finding Race" at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 19-23, 2008 in San Francisco. The paper addressed the increasing difficulties in determining race using the skull due to the continual migrations and subsequent admixture (gene flow) in human populations.

Relevant Publications

2012 — Quintyn, C. B. 2012. Human Origins: An Introduction. 3rd Edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
2011 — Quintyn, C. B. 2011. Human Origins: An Introduction. 2nd Edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
2010 — Quintyn, C.B. 2010. The Existence or Non-existence of Race? Forensic Anthropology, Population Admixture, and the Future of Racial Classification in the U.S. New York: Teneo Press.
2010 — Quintyn, C.B. 2010. Human Origins: An Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
2009 — Quintyn, C. The naming of new species in hominin evolution: A radical proposal – A temporary cessation in assigning new names. Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60(4): 307-341.
2009 — Quintyn, C and Wagner, S. Dismantling a national icon: Genetic testing and the tomb of the unknowns. American Anthropological Association Newsletter 50(5): 7-9 (May).
2007 — Dauria, S and Quintyn, C. Anthropologists Confront the CSI Effect. American Anthropological Association Newsletter 48(8): 21 (November).
2006 — The Morphometric Affinities of the Qafzeh and Skhul Hominans: Method and Theory. Indiana: AuthorHouse.
2006 — C.L. Brace, Noriko Seguchi, Conrad B. Quintyn, Sherry C. Fox, A. Russell Nelson, Sortis K. Manolis, and Pan Qifeng. The questionable contribution of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European craniofacial form. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences , 103(1):242-247.

Technical Reports: (Pennsylvania State Police & Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command)

2012 — Quintyn, C.B. Forensic Anthropology Report of Bones Recovered from a Wooded Area
of Newport Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, November 2012. Pennsylvania State Case #P04-0744558.
2010 — Quintyn, C.B. Forensic Anthropology Report of Bones Recovered from the Kelly
Residence, Rainbow Lake Drive, Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania,
February 2010. Pennsylvania State Case #N04-0801632.
2008 — Quintyn, C.B. Miscellaneous Animal Bone Material Recovered from Carbon County, October 2008. Pennsylvania State Police Case #N04-0905416.
2008 — Quintyn, C.B. Forensic Anthropological Report of Mutilated Skeletal Remains Recovered from a Wooded Area of Price Township, Pennsylvania, April 2008. Pennsylvania State Police Case #N06-0616191.
2008 — Quintyn, C.B. Wound Analysis of Mutilated Remains Recovered Along Interstate 80 and Near the Mount Pocono Exit of Interstate 380, Northeastern, Pennsylvania, January 2008. Pennsylvania State Police Case #N06-0909468 (Addendum: Tool Type Analysis).
2008 — Quintyn, C.B. Wound Analysis of Mutilated Remains Recovered Along Interstate 80 and Near the Mount Pocono Exit of Interstate 380, Northeastern, Pennsylvania, January 2008. Pennsylvania State Police Case #N06-0909468.
2007 — Exhumation and Reanalysis of Mutilated Human Remains from a 1976 Unsolved Murder (“Beth Doe”), Carbon County, Pennsylvania: Modified Forensic Anthropological Analysis, October 2007. Pennsylvania State Police Case #N03-027244.
2002 — Quintyn, C.B. Forensic Anthropology Report CILHI 2001-144. Unpublished.
2002 — Quintyn, C.B. and Buck, S. Material Evidence Report CILHI 1995-004-A-01 Through 08. Unpublished.
2002 — Quintyn, C.B. Search and Recovery Report 2002/CIL/014, Aircraft Crash, OV-1A
Mohawk, Associated with REFNO 1751, Salavan Province, Samouay District, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 7 February through 8 March. Unpublished.
2001 — Quintyn, C.B.Search and Recovery Report 2001/CIL/062, a P-38G5LO Site Associated with Case PNG 111, Sigut Village, Clifton Plantation, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, 16 July through August 2001. Unpublished.
2001 — Quintyn, C.B. Search and Recovery Report 2001/CIL/086, a O2A Aircraft Crash Site Associated with REFNO 1726, Xepon District, Savannakhet Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 7 November to 3rd December. Unpublished.
2001 — Quintyn, C.B. Forensic Anthropology Report CILHI 1997-025-I-01. Unpublished.

Other Publications

2007 — The morphometric affinities of the Qafzeh and Skhul hominans: Method and theory. Bloomsbury Review 27(1):4
2006 — Forensic Anthropology. Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Newsletter. December, pp. 5-6.
2003 — The Father of Man: Meeting the True Adam. Merrimack: Write to Print Press.

Abstracts

2008 — Biological answers to social questions: Forensic anthropology, admixture, and the increasing difficulties in finding “race.” American Anthropological Association 107th Annual Meeting, San Franciso, California, November 19 to November 23, p. 524-525 (Abstract).
2008 — Admixture and the growing list of racial categories: Clarity or confusion for law Enforcement (and the public). Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 60th Anniversary Scientific Meetings 14, p.347 (Abstract).
2007 — The species problem: Revisiting the idea of a temporary cessation in the naming of new species in hominin evolution. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 42, 194 (Abstract).
2006 — One step away from angels: The uphill battle in reversing 20 generations of American creationist thinking. American Anthropological Association 105th Annual Meeting, San Jose, California, November 14 to November 19. p.430 (Abstract).
2006 — Biological anthropology, evolution, and science: a new perspective on why the theory of evolution is not resonating with the general public. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 42, 150 (Abstract)
2005 — Qafzeh and Skhul: Descendants of anatomically modern humans or archaic Homo sapiens. American Anthropological Association 104 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 30 to December 4, p.461 (Abstract)
2002 — Human evolution: a Neanderthal skeleton in a sapiens closet. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 34, 47 (Abstract).
2000 — Mosaic evolution and modern human origins: the picture from the Levant. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 30, 256 (Abstract).
1998 — Using canonical variates and generalized distances on the postcrania of Qafzeh, Cro-Magnon, Predmosti, Taforalt, Neolithic French, Natufians, and recent moderns to assess population affinities. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 28, 227 (Abstract).