A Biological Anthropology Research Network at the University of Oxford
At its core, biological anthropological research aims to understand what makes us humans. It is a scientific discipline concerned with morphological, behavioural, physiological, genetic, cultural and developmental variation in modern humans, their related non-human primates and their extinct hominin ancestors.
Current bioanth research in the University cuts across the Departments/Schools of Anthropology, Archaeology, Zoology, Experimental Psychology and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. There are also strong links with other institutions such as Oxford Brookes University.
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Bioarchaeology of Ibiza, Spain
Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant has been analysing human remains from the island of Ibiza in Spain since 1999. Ibiza in the Western Mediterranean is located in a strategic position and has received the influence from a variety of cultural groups throughout its history. Ibiza was indeed an important centre in antiquity . This project examines human […]
Stones on the Move: the Real Life of a Chimpanzee Tool
The main goal is testing the hypothesis that the purported strategies of transport of resources by early hominins may have been misconstrued and instead may be more similar to the transport of objects by extant chimpanzees. Dr Susana Carvalho hypothesizes that transport distances in the Oldowan were the sum of many short bouts, which mislead archaeologists […]
Contraceptive Discontinuation in Ethiopia
Most research on the adoption of contraception in sub-Saharan countries focuses on why modern contraception is not adopted more widely. However, previous research suggested that attention should be directed to individuals who do adopt modern contraception but then later decide to switch method or abandon it altogether. Indeed, a significant number of women experience side effects […]
Community Size, Shared Culture, and Moral Partiality
Besides simply knowing who your friends are, sociality depends on a sense of mutual trust and obligation. In traditional societies, community cohesion is in large part generated by a sense of shared common purpose, of being signed up to the same grand project that entails obligations towards, and expectations of appropriate behaviour from, fellow community […]