This course provides a broad overview of human variation with a specific focus on the application of bio-anthropology to forensic analysis. Scientific study of differences among human populations with respect to skeletal anatomy, dentition, hair, certain soft tissues, and DNA can be used to identify victims from skeletal remains, for archeological determination of ethnic and cultural origins, and for objectively understanding the physical characteristics of diverse human and pre-human groups. Bio-anthropologists can determine age, sex, ancestry, stature and many pathological qualities of deceased individuals, but also explain the origin of such variation as part of ancestral adaptations and population genetics.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 5 , 7