Forensic anthropology involves medico-legal cases where human remains have lost "personhood" (an individual cannot be identified due to decomposition or destruction of unique personal features). We learn techniques that biological anthropologists apply to these cases to identify certain social attributes. We also blend both biological and social anthropology to analyze human variation and well-being in urban settings. Working with real-world data, students identify and trace the intertwined physiological, social and environmental factors that have shaped the growth and development of Philadelphia-area children over decades.
Instructors: Jeffrey D. Himpele, Janet M. Monge