What is bioanthropology?

Bioanthropology is a biosocial science that explores both the sociology and the biology of human groups. Biological anthropologists are interested in human evolution, from our origins and diversity in the past to our probable future as inhabitants of this planet. Human biology and other aspects of the discipline are studied in the context of human culture and behavior, with research in subfields such as paleoanthropology, human biology, primatology, and evolutionary psychology.

Areas of research

Members of our faculty are interested in the relationship between biology and culture. They study subsistence and health, human growth and development, evolutionary theory, skeletal biology, paleopathology, molecular anthropology and ancient DNA, and conduct comparative paleoanthropological research with both fossil hominoids and living chimpanzees.