Anthropology | Dental Anthropology
B528 | 26919 | Cook
This course is meant for graduate students with a strong interest in
dental anthropology and for undergraduates who want to specialize in
this topic. We will learn the descriptive and functional morphology
of primate dentitions, stressing the nomenclature of crown features.
Topics in human dentition will include enamel microstructure,
development, wear, occlusion, odontometrics, discrete variability, and
pathology. We will practice several methods, including drawing,
formal description, replication, microscopy, metrics, and radiography.
Each student will carry out a research project on some aspect of
dental anthropology. We will discuss these informally as they
develop during the semester. Written versions are due by the last day
of exam week. They must be prepared in the style of an appropriate
journal, for example Science in Archaeology or AJPA. We will have a
seminar session of 15 minute summaries of your research in our last
class session. Grades are based on this paper (50%) and weekly
assignments and exercises (50%).
TEXT: Hillson, Dental Anthropology