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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 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.

Oxford University has a long tradition in Biological Anthropology, first in the Department of Anatomy and from 1976-2002, in the Institute of Biological Anthropology (IBA). Read Oxford and Biological Anthropology by former IBA director Prof. Geoffrey Harrison to find out more.

While the institute formally closed down in 2002, researchers have remained highly active within the University. This combined with the appointment of new faculty, Biological Anthropology is now launching itself in the form of a research network.

Launch date: 3rd of November 2016

A postgrad-led Oxford Bioanth Initiative runs social events. Visit our News & Events or Facebook pages for upcoming events. 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

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    Cultivating Societies

    The Cultivating Societies project will examine the extent, nature and timing of Neolithic farming in Ireland through the collation, integration and analysis of unpublished and published data (archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological, palaeoecological, C14, stable isotope, and archaeological data) from the commercial, state, and academic sectors. Integration of these varied lines of evidence is enabled by bringing together international researchers […]

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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 […]

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    Human Evolution & Ancient DNA: Beyond Bones & Stones

    The project is about ancient DNA (aDNA) and how it can be used to explore not just the evolution of humans but also how it has helped to shape what being human means. The development of ever more sophisticated techniques for analysing ancient DNA are revolutionising the study of human evolution. Our understanding of the […]


    Genetic Variation of Namibian Populations

    Namibia, a country in South-west Sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the few Southern African countries where hunter-gatherer, pastoralist and farmer lifestyles all coexist. This makes Namibia a very interesting place to study the interactions that occur between groups with different lifestyles. Working in collaboration with Dr Ockie Oosthuizen and Erica Oosthuizen, in 2010 and 2012 […]