Biological Anthropology | Anthropology | SIU

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Biological Anthropology

Biological (also known as physical) anthropologists study the biological aspects of humans and our closest relatives, the non-human primates. Biological anthropology lets you explore how human anatomy and evolution shape our lives, through looking at primates (modern and extinct), fossil humans, forensic remains and skeletons from archaeological sites, and biological variation, growth, and health in modern humans.

Biological anthropologists in the program at SIU Carbondale study in Thailand, India, South America, Egypt, Africa, and museums in North America. Special emphases in our program include epidemiology, bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology (early humans and their relatives), biomechanics, dental anthropology, primate behavior and evolution, and human and primate osteology.

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