Anthropology | Human Osteology
B526 | 27314 | Cook


This course covers the morphology of the human skeleton.  We will
discuss as comprehensively as possible surface features of the bones,
soft tissue relationships, functional anatomy, age and sex
differences,  variability, and data collection techniques.  You will
learn the fundamental skill of the bone specialist in anthropology:
identifying fragments.  Each student will prepare a short research
project.  This may be an inventory and description of a small
archeological sample, a study of a single feature in a larger series,
or a technical essay.  Your paper should be prepared in the style of
the AJPA, and is due on the Friday of exam week by noon.  Be prepared
to present your findings as 10 minute oral presentation in our last
class meeting.  Final grades are based on 5 bone fragment quizzes
(50%), weekly exercises (10%) and the research project (40%).  You
must identify 80% of the bone fragments on quizzes correctly to earn
an A.  You may use any materials you like in identifying quiz
specimens.  Quizzes and practice materials will be available
afternoons in SB 260 for the week before each due date.  You may
choose either textbook, Aiello and Dean, An Introduction to Human
Evolutionary Anatomy, or White,  Human Osteology as your basic
resource, and you will find both useful.  A gross anatomy text or
atlas will be helpful as well.  I will assign review articles and
technical papers from other sources as weekly reading.  These readings
will be available in SB260.