Bioarchaeology Teaching Lab

Physical Anthropology courses, taught by Drs. Bethany Turner-Livermore and Frank Williams are held in the Bioarchaeology Teaching Laboratory. The Laboratory houses a large collection of fossil hominin casts, nonhuman primate material, an osteology teaching collection and tool-making assemblages.

bioarch teaching lab insige pic1The fossil hominin cast collection includes material from Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus afarensis, A. africanus, Paranthropus aethiopicus, P. boisei, P. robustus, Homo habilis, H. erectus, archaic H. sapiens and Neandertals with both crania and postcrania available for study. The collection also includes ape and early primate fossil casts from such genera as Aegyptopithecus, Proconsul, Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus. The nonhuman primate skull casts include lemuriforms, tarsiers, anthropoids and the great apes. The lab also houses a faunal comparative collection, a Suchey-Brooks pelvic aging kit, the ASU dental plaque series, digital calipers, osteometric boards, a 3-D digitizer and plastic models presenting a range of pathologies and human dental ages to learn standard osteological techniques used in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology.