Biological Anthropology is the study of humans as biological entities. Through the study of modern human variation, adaptation, and evolution within the context of human culture and behavior, biological anthropologists enhance our understanding of humans and their place in the world.
The Department's current areas of expertise allow training in the fields of forensic anthropology, paleopathology, human osteology, bioarchaeology, human ecology, and medical anthropology at both the BA and MA levels. Courses and seminars are offered in the theory of biological anthropology, human evolution, human osteology, forensic anthropology, human adaptation, and medical anthropology. Courses relevant to biological anthropology are also offered in other departments, including biology, genetics, criminal justice, and geography.
The Department recently initiated an agreement with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner/Coroner for the loan of a teaching collection of skeletal materials. In addition, the Department owns and maintains a collection of fossil casts and human study skeletons. The Department also stores, for research purposes, a collection of human radiographs. The physical anthropology section maintains important links to the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner/Coroner.
The biological anthropology program encourages students to present the results of their research at professional meetings and to submit articles for publication in professional journals. In the past students have also had the opportunity to co-author papers with faculty mentors.
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Biological Anthropology Links:
- American Association of Physical Anthropologists
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- Paleopathology Association
- Introductory Physical Anthropology Tutorials