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An introduction to human bioarchaeology, particularly evolutionary and comparative anatomy of the human body, what makes it unique among other primates, and why it varies among populations. Includes aspects of forensic anthropology.
What makes humans unique to all other primates, and how did we come to be that way? How can we explain the variation in morphology among human populations? How can we use aspects of the skeleton of past people to look at their life history? This paper explores these questions by providing an introduction to the study of Biological Anthropology of the human skeleton. The paper primarily focuses on the evolution, structure and function of the human skeletal system, with an introduction to bioarchaeological and forensic methods.
|Paper title||Biocultural Human Skeletal Biology|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, Summer School|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,314.50|
- ((One of ARCH 101, ANTH 103, ANTH 106, BIOA 101 BIOL 112, CELS 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192) and 36 further points) or 108 points
- Schedule C
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- White T and Folkens P, 2005. The Human Bone Manual Amsterdam. Academic Press.
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- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy,
Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Environmental literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Develop an understanding of the biological basis for human variation
- Develop a detailed understanding of human musculoskeletal anatomy, including the functional anatomy of joints and muscles, from bioarchaeological and forensic perspectives
- Develop an understanding of primate comparative musculoskeletal anatomy and how this relates to human evolution
- Develop an understanding of human bone and dental biology, specifically with regards to growth and development
- Develop an understanding of the biological basis of sexual dimorphism in humans and how sex estimation is established in bioarchaeology and forensic identification
- Demonstrate the ability to observe, describe, interpret and communicate aspects of the human skeleton from a bioarchaeological, evolutionary and forensic perspective