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Donald Tyler 2006

Donald Tyler, anthropology professor and chair of sociology, anthropology and justice sudies, has been at the University of Idaho since 1987 and became a full professor in 2000. He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the human evolution of Southeast Asia. A former graduate student commented on Tyler’s approach to field research. “(The locals) helped him without reserve, and … he taught (them) how to salvage, handle and preserve the fossil remains. Very soon they became qualified amateur researchers." His research findings are included in introductory physical anthropology textbooks in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 1993, Tyler received the E. Dubois Silver Medal for Achievement in Paleoanthropology. Fewer than ten people have been given this award for significant contributions to physical anthropology. Tyler was the first scholar from the United States to receive the award.