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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 4246 - Human Osteology

(crosslisted) ARKEO 4246  
(PBSS-AS)      
Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Recommended prerequisite: ANTHR 3235 . Co-meets with ANTHR 7246 /ARKEO 7246 .

M. Velasco.

This is an intensive laboratory course in the study of human skeletal remains. A detailed knowledge of skeletal anatomy is fundamental to forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and the medical sciences. This course teaches students how to identify all 206 bones and 32 teeth of the human skeleton, in both complete and fragmentary states. Students will also learn osteological methods for establishing a biological profile (age-at-death, sex, stature, and biological affinity) and documenting skeletal trauma and pathological lesions. Hands-on laboratory training will be supplemented by case studies that demonstrate the importance of human osteology for criminal investigations in the present and the study of health and violence in the past. The ethics of working with human remains are also discussed.



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