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Biological Anthropology at Binghamton University

Biological anthropology, sometimes called physical anthropology, is a major subfield of anthropology that has close academic and research ties with the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the medical sciences. It is generally the case that biological anthropologists view humans three dimensionally in their biological, ecological and cultural dimensions, and biological anthropology may be viewed as an integrative, biocultural science. In addition to the theoretical perspective that humans should be studied within a biocultural framework, much of the theory in biological anthropology is based on evolutionary concepts. The subdivisions of biological anthropology are numerous but include the basic fields of paleoanthropology, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, primatology, human genetics, human population biology, and biomedical anthropology.

At Binghamton University, the diverse research interests of the faculty in biological anthropology cover population genetics and molecular anthropology of Pacific and New World peoples, human adaptations to high altitude, psychosocial stress, chronic and infectious diseases, including malaria, lyme disease, and neurodegenerative diseases, health transitions, social epidemiology, evolutionary medicine, women's health, genetics of animal domestication, paleoanthropology of Europe, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology and the history of human biology. Each of the faculty members who contribute to these areas has ongoing field and laboratory-based research projects, many of which include undergraduate and graduate students.

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Last Updated: 9/13/12