The mission of the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory is to provide comparative faunal collections to assist with anthropological research involving the identification and interpretation of hundreds of thousands of faunal specimens recovered from sites throughout the world.
In addition to the work carried on in the Laboratory, its facilities are made available to researchers inside and outside of the Anthropology Department, provided they make prior arrangements and have practical requests.
Current Research Projects
Washakie Wilderness Bighorn Sheep Traps and Basecamps
Prehistoric and Protohistoric Bison Economies of the Central Plains
Late Prehistoric Farmer and Hunter-Gatherers Food Practices
Geographic and Habitat-related Variation in Digitigrady in Carnivora
Evolution of Size Proportions of Mammal Molars
Documentation of Extinct Ground Sloths from the Caribbean
Paleolithic Bone Tool Variation
Manufacturing of Bison Scapula Hoes for Use as Farming Implements
Experimental Stone Tool Butchery
Primate Morphological Variation
Genetic Markers of Tuberculosis in Ancient Bison
Bison DNA Studies
Recent Publications and Presentations