Western Kentucky University

Biological Anthropology Courses

Biological Anthropology Courses

ANTH 300 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY (three credit hours)

Prerequisite: ANTH 125 or BIOL 131 or junior standing.

Analysis of human skeletal remains and other evidence in a medicolegal context, emphasizing bone identification, race and sex determination, age and stature estimation, trauma and pathology assessment, and taphonomy evaluation.

 

ANTH 305 PALEOANTHROPOLOGY: HUMAN ORIGINS AND EVOLUTION (three credit hours)

Prerequisite: ANTH 125 or consent of instructor; ANTH 300 recommended but not required.

Examines the origin and evolution of humans, emphasizing fundamentals of paleoanthropological research, evidence of human evolution, evolutionary theory, nonhuman primate evolution, trends in human evolution, important fossil finds and sites, and phylogenetic relationships.

 

ANTH 450 MODERN HUMAN BIOLOGICAL VARIATION (three credit hours)

Prerequisite:  MATH 109 or MATH 116; and one of the following:  ANTH 125, BIOL 307, BIOL 430.

Uses evolutionary theory to study biological similarities and differences among living human populations on morphological, skeletal, and molecular levels, emphasizing anthropometry, racial classification, inheritance, population genetics, adaptation, disease, and intelligence.

 

ANTH 452 BIOARCHAEOLOGY (three credit hours)

Prerequisite: ANTH 300 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the scientific study of human remains from archaeological contexts, focusing on skeletal remains from Holocene (12,000 years ago to present) sites.  Emphasis on laboratory analytical methods and case studies related to reconstructing health and paleopathology, diet and nutrition, lifestyle and activity patterns, biological consequences of cultural contact, socio-political indicators, mortuary preparation, and post-mortem trauma and modification. 

 

 

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