BIO

Fort Ouiatemon archaeological dig.

I have a BA in anthropology from Chico State College in California (1972) and was the anthropology honor student for that year. My Ph.D. in anthropology is from Michigan State University (1981) in East Lansing. My dissertation title is: “A study of the preauricular sulcus in a cadaver population.” As a undergraduate and graduate student I participated in many summer surveys and excavations in California, Indiana, Michigan and Tuscany. I had a post-doc in the Anatomy Department at Howard University Medical School from 1982 to 1986 with Dr. M. Ashraf Aziz. We studied the neuromuscular anatomy of the limbs in human trisomies compared to many genera of Primates including all the apes.

I “worked” for about seven months at the us Army’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii in 1986 but was forced to resign because I refused to lie about skeletal identifications on mostly Viet Nam POW/MIA remains. At the end of the day, only Dr. Charney supported me. I have been teaching anthropology at Northern Virginia Community College since 1996. I also take on independent study students in a variety of subjects including: origins of civilization, origins of the supernatural, origins of language, fundamentals of forensic anthropology, the Minoan Civilization, and the history of science.

I have been again engaged in anatomical research again for over eight years now. Our papers on the hand muscles in human trisomies and primates is available at this site; also our recent paper on interosseous palmaris I of Henle is available. Dr. Aziz and our new colleague , Dr. Janine Ziermann (both in the anatomy department at Howard University School of Medicine) are readying for publication our paper on the hand muscle, flexor pollicis brevis, deep head of Cruveilhier, based on 80 human hand dissections. This study is a test of and comparison with the two famous papers by Day and Napier from 1961 and 1963. We have also just published another paper on this subject in: Medical Research Archives, Vol. 3, Issue 3, March 2017, title, “History of the Muscle of Cruveilhier. My study of Charles Darwin’s exposure to Chagas’ disease during his five year voyage on the HMS Beagle is available at this site and I am extending this research to include the first few years after his return to England from the voyage on 2 October 1836. I am comparing his work habits , professional commitments, et cetera with his early bouts of illness, Chagas’ disease.

Our study of Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” is nearly complete. My wife Marie and I join Dr. Aziz in the analysis of this famous work which launched Rembrandt’s career. Dr. Aziz , who initiated this study, offers a new analysis of this work and a new explanation for the anatomical error.

Additionally, I have completed a first draft of my study of Mark Rothko’s signature piece oils. With these works Rothko was attempting to present a two dimensional, painted surface representation which would evoke in sensitive viewers the universal human sublime/supernatural reaction, think Stendhal syndrome. For various personal and public reasons Rothko felt he had probably not succeeded. Nevertheless, innumerable serious and thoughtful scholars and critiques have argued that Rothko was successful, albeit not explaining why. In taking a strictly scientific and anthropological approach we argue that Rothko was completely successful. My wife, Marie Dauenheimer, medical illustrator, fine artist and art instructor joins me in this study.