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Christopher Lynn

About Christopher Lynn

Christopher Dana Lynn is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, where he directs the Evolutionary Studies program.  Chris teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biological anthropology, human sexuality, evolution, biocultural medical anthropology, and neuroanthropology.  He received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology in 2009 from the University at Albany, SUNY, where his doctoral focus was on the influence of speaking in tongues on stress response among Pentecostals.  Chris runs a human behavioral ecology research group where the objectives include studying fun gimmicky things like trance, religious behavior, tattooing, and sex as a way of introducing students to the rigors of evolutionary science.  In all his “free” time, he breaks up fights among his triplet sons, enjoys marriage to the other Loretta Lynn, strokes his mustache, and has learned to be passionate about Alabama football (Roll Tide!).  Follow Chris on Twitter: @Chris_Ly

Tattoos Do Not Elicit Disgust & Don’t Keep You From Getting Hired (Maybe)

One of the reviewers for my recent article on tattoos among undergraduate athletes turned me on to another tattoo researcher who I’d previously overlooked. Andrew Timming is an associate professor of human resource management at the University of Western Australia … Continue reading

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FAQ: Did You Get Any Tattoos At The Convention? Why Are You Tattooing Yourself?

All summer after our fieldwork for the Inking of Immunity project at the Northwest Tatau Festival (see video about our project here and follow along on Facebook here), I was asked the same two questions: did you get any tattoos … Continue reading

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Does firelight influence sleep quality?

I tweeted yesterday to David Samson that Asher Rosinger is making me look bad, so all the collaborations that make him so productive. Of course, I’m not really competing with Asher. We just profiled Asher’s productivity on a recent Sausage … Continue reading

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Do Tattoos Make You Look More Fit?

Do my tattoos make me look more fit, or fit at all? Gosh, I hope so. Look over here at my guns—er, arms—and not at the middle age gut I’m fighting to suck in. In a study of 6528 undergraduates … Continue reading

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Malu Is Like A Golden Ticket (Pt. 4)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. We were scheduled to start data collection with Chilo and the malu at 11AM in Pago Pago, with Joe at Off Da Rock in Nu’uuli at 1PM, and … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 3)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. We had worried when the study started that we would have difficulty juggling multiple tattoo sessions with only two researchers because we only took along one bioimpedance analyzer … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 2)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. Michaela and I were despondent from cancellations and because we were collecting data on day two of multiple sleeves (a full arm tattoo) at one studio. Meaning, … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 1)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. Prologue Instead of syllabus day, I read this story on the first day of my Fall 2017 Neuroanthropology class then launched right into the class. I’d never … Continue reading

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Is tattooing a costly honest signal of fitness?

Last year I published a book chapter synthesizing an evolutionary perspective on tattooing for our Evolution Education in the American South volume and concluded by wondering whether athletes, specifically football players, get tattoos more than the average person (Lynn & … Continue reading

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Men May Be #Woking, But We Are Not Evolving

Journalists, please stop saying “evolve” when you mean “change,” “improve,” or “progress.” As anyone who studies evolution knows, the scientific meaning of evolve is not synonymous with progress. However, the continued use of the terms synonymous confuses people who do … Continue reading

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