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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Empowering women to take control over their reproductive health
In today’s world, women’s reproductive lives are highly medicalised. From the start of the menstrual periods to the transition to menopause, from sexual behaviour to pregnancies and childbirth, women’s reproductive lives are not in their hands. Any deviation from ‘the norm’ has tended to be seen as a biological problem, a disorder or a pathology […]
Mechanisms for Bonding Large Scale Communities
This project will examine the physiological processes involved in maintaining relationships in large scale communities (i.e. beyond the 150-level community of the personal network). In traditional small scale societies, communities are bonded through a variety of activities as diverse as music and dance, and the rituals of religion, often associated with a form of euphoria […]
Unifying Domestication and Evolutionary Biology through Ancient DNA
This project takes advantage of revolutionary genetic technologies to characterise the nuclear genomes from ancient animal remains. By combining the resolution of thousands of DNA markers with the time depth of archaeology, this project aims to fulfill the potential of DNA to address fundamental questions regarding domestication. More specifically, we will address key unanswered questions regarding the spatiotemporal pattern and […]
Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions
This project explores the history of chickens, the world’s most widespread and abundant domestic animal. By integrating the research interests and expertise of scientists with those of scholars in the arts and humanities, we will investigate the origins and dispersal of domestic chickens and their role in human culture in the past, present, and future. […]