Physical Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Group
Lab head: Denise Donlon
Location: Anderson Stuart Building, Camperdown Campus
Research in the Shellshear Museum focuses on forensic osteology of the Sydney region. Specific projects involve the identification of fragmented bone as human or non-human, sex determination of juvenile human skeletons and teeth, the identification of populations using multivariate methods, non-metric variation and the forensic and clinical consequences of variation of the paranasal sinuses in a Melanesian population. Other research includes the investigation of the palaeopathology of a Bronze Age population from Pella in Jordan.
Keywords: Forensic osteology; skeletal identification; dental morphometrics
Staff & Students:
Emer. Prof. Richard Wright (Hon. Ass)
Sarah Croker (PhD)
Marcus Robinson (MMed)
Jennifer Menzies (MPhil)
Lab members: D Donlon (head)
Discriminating between human and non-human bones as well as finding methods to identify ways of determining ancestry, sex, age and stature.
Primary supervisor: Denise Donlon
Research in the Shellshear Museum focuses on human osteology with a focus on the identification of skeletal remains. Present research focuses on discriminating between human and non-human bones as well as finding methods to identify ways of determining ancestry, sex, age and stature of those remains found in NSW and particularly in the Sydney region. Other areas of research include the clinical implications of human cranial variations, the anthropometry of early Britich settlers in Australia. Collections in the Shellshear Museum which are available for research include a large collection of Melanesian skulls, a collection of skeletal remains from Pella, Jordan and casts of human dentition.
Discipline: Anatomy & Histology