Comparative Osteology

Activity: Cranial Comparison Topic: Comparative Osteology Physical anthropologists rely on osteology, or the scientific study of bones, to identify individual species, learn about the lives of an individual, or even to identify ancient illnesses (aka paleopathology). The skeletal features of bones reflect the life histories of individuals, and trained osteologists can use those features to … Continue reading “Comparative Osteology”

Week 10: Human Osteology

Hello all! Last week we introduced the students to osteology. This week we brought some more bone castes and taught the students about human osteology. We focused on the process of sexing skeletons. Physical anthropologists can tell many things from studying a human skeleton. One of the easier things to determine is the biological sex … Continue reading “Week 10: Human Osteology”

Week 8: Comparative Osteology

Physical anthropologists rely on osteology, or the scientific study of bones, to identify individual species, learn about the lives of an individual, or even to identify ancient illnesses (aka paleopathology). The skeletal features of bones reflect the life histories of individuals, and trained osteologists can use those features to identify the age, sex, diet, and, … Continue reading “Week 8: Comparative Osteology”