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ANTH 4730L/6730L

Human Osteology
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Human osteology is the study of our bones. Osteology is relevant to disciplines that depend on detailed knowledge of the human body, e.g., forensic anthropology and paleoanthropology. Students will learn to identify and describe bones and use a comparative approach to understand their function and evolution.

When this course is taught as a split level, additional requirements for graduate students: Graduate students explore in greater depth the evolutionary roots of the human skeletal system through one or more of the following: reading and discussing with the instructor sections from the following books: • The Human Strategy: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Anatomy, by John Langdon • Human Evolutionary Anatomy, by Leslie Aiello and Christopher Dean; writing and presenting an in-depth research paper (10 pages) focusing on a particular aspect of human osteology based on study of natural specimens and the primary scientific literature; guest-lecturing on their own ongoing research interests.

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