Category Archives: Physical Anthropology

Starvation Cannibalism at Jamestown

Originally posted on Bones Don't Lie:
Frontal bone of the Jamestown girl, via Smithsonian / Don Hurlbert If you’ve read any news in the past day, you’ve seen reports regarding cannibalism in colonial Jamestown. It was known prior that…

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Who’s afraid of a MOOC?: on being education-y and course-ish

On Thursday, 22 March, the then-Tertiary Education Minister of Australia, Chris Bowen, registered for my new, up-coming MOOC (that’s a Massive Online Open Classroom, if you’ve somehow managed to miss it). Apparently, he’ll be taking the course, ‘Becoming human: Anthropology,’ an introduction … Continue reading

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Fossilized Foot Sheds New Light on Evolution of Bipedalism

Paleoanthropologists have long looked to early hominids to answer questions about our own development and evolution. The most famous example is the Australopithecus Lucy, who roamed the African savannah more than 3 million years ago. Recently, paleoanthropologists have uncovered a fossilized foot … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Osteobiography

Traditionally, skeletal analysis in search of answers about human lives has fallen into two camps: the study of populations is the purview of bioarchaeologists, who want to know more about life in the past, and the study of individuals is … Continue reading

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Mapping of Bonobo Chimpanzee Genetic Code Reveals More About (Us) Humans

Scientists have recently mapped and published the genetic code of the Bonobo Chimpanzee (Pan paniscus); our closely related primate cousins. Bonobo Chimps, sometimes called pygmy or gracile chimpanzees, share 98.7% of their DNA with human beings (on par with the common … Continue reading

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CT Scan Unlocks the Secrets of Roman Burial Urns

Archaeologists from St. Alban’s are using CT Scanners to examine the contents of five Roman burial urns found in Hertfordshire. “Two of the urns contained bones which could be human. An osteoarchaeologist will now examine the bones and help provide … Continue reading

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Mass Grave Found in Mexico Identified as Ancient Victims

A mass grave recently uncovered in Mexico has, fortunately, been identified as more than 1,000 years old – putting to rest fears that they were victims of modern violence. The grave contains more than 160 people (men and women) who … Continue reading

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Forensic Anthropology – Giving Voice to Victims

This month’s Scientific American highlights the forensic lab of Dr. Ann Helen Ross, whose lab specializes in identifying the remains, cause of death, or obtaining evidence from murder cases that boggle typical investigations. Using what, to the lay person, might … Continue reading

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Pilgram Burials from the First Winter

Pilgram Burials from the First Winter. A wonderful assessment of the tragedy suffered by the Mayflower Pilgrims and their first winter in America. If you have not yet read “Bones Don’t Lie,” a great blog on osteology, archaeology, and anthropology, … Continue reading

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Reconstructing the Face of Ancient Man

Jennifer Barber, a Masters student at the University of Dundee, is reconstructing the face of a young boy that lived in Norway more than 500 years ago. Using forensic arts, she is reconstructing the soft tissue and features of the … Continue reading

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