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Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropologists study the development of human beings over time.

Biological Anthropology is the scientific study of the evolution, ecology, behavior, osteology, and health of humans and other primates.

Dr. Nancy Tatarek teaches the summer Field School in Biological Anthropology, focusing on methods of examining health and demography questions. The course topic stems from Tatarek’s collaborative project with Dr. Paul Patton and undergraduate students in the Appalachian Population History Project. The course provides a problem-based learning experience where students engage with primary source data and skeletal materials to answers questions surrounding health in the past. The class takes place both in the Biological Anthropology Lab as well as several archives and field sites in the region. Field sites teach students how to properly survey and document cemeteries in order to examine questions of mortality and morbidity. Other topics explored include record searching and record matching, collecting and processing historical demographic data, the human skeletal system, and skeletal analysis techniques at the individual and population level.

Sabrina Curran

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleoecology
  • Ecomorphology
  • Shape Analysis
  • Artiodactyla
  • Eastern Europe (Romania)
  • Eastern Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia)

Nancy Tatarek

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Skeletal Biology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Stature
  • Anthropometric History
  • Aging
  • Spinal Neural Canal
  • Spinal Stenosis

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