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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.

A postgrad-led Oxford Bioanth Initiative runs social events. The goal of the initiative is to promote a Research Community for Biological Anthropologists at the University of Oxford.

Visit our News & Events or Facebook pages for upcoming events. Let us know what you think and/or get involved by writing to us at bioanth@nullanthro.ox.ac.uk. If you’re new to Oxford and are interested to join in, please do get in touch.

We are also open to enquiries from potential students and academic visitors.


 Latest Projects

  • 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. […]