Dates: Thursdays; Sept. 28–Nov. 2 Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran  Church

Forensic Anthropology is the study of human remains to determine the cause of death (accident or homicide?). But bones can tell us much more about a person-- how old, how tall, healthy or unhealthy, what kind of life they lived (dangerous? pampered?) and much more. This class will follow the investigative study of the human skeleton. We will look at all the applications of skeletal inquiry and see how our lives are reflected in our bones.

Class Format: lecture and discussion Readings: none

Anderson RachelInstructor: Rachel Anderson received her PhD from Washington State University in biological anthropology, with an interest in human anatomy. She has been an instructor of anatomy and physiology and has done work in archaeological analysis of human skeletal remains. She has taught forensic anthropology and biological anthropology. Rachel currently advises first-year students at MSU in the earth sciences with a continued interest in teaching skeletal anatomy and biology.


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