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Biological Anthropology Laboratories

Biological Anthropology Teaching Lab

The main biological anthropology teaching lab, located in 368 Condon Hall, is used for teaching laboratory sections in many of our undergraduate courses

The Biological Anthropology Teaching Laboratory is located in 368 Condon Hall, and is a dedicated laboratory for the teaching of courses in biological anthropology that have practical ‘hands-on’ learning exercises in human and non-human primate anatomy, dental anthropology, paleontology, and human biology. The teaching lab provides access to teaching collections for biological anthropology discussion sections and advanced laboratory classes. The teaching collection includes human anatomy and osteology teaching specimens, casts of fossil hominids and hominoids, and casts of various non-human primates and other vertebrates.

The Biological Anthropology Research Laboratory, located in 369 Condon, provides access to skeletal and dental research and reference collections. The materials are diverse and include primate (including human) skeletal and dental materials, extensive human dental casts from South Asia and Oman, and casts of paleopathological conditions. The lab has equipment for the preparation of histological sections and digital analysis.

Top image is a laser surface scan of the Tuang child (Australopithecus africanus) and the bottom is an estimate of the adult cranial shape of the taung child based on patterns of development in living apes and humans. Image from Dr. Stephen Frost’s Primate Morphometrics Lab.

The Primate Morphometrics Laboratory in Condon 369, coordinated by Professor Steven Frost, has facilities for several types of morphometric techniques and analysis, which are used to quantify different aspects of biological shape and its variation. It includes a Minolta laser surface scanner (LSS) which builds 3-D surface models, primarily of fossils, bones, and teeth, but could be used for other similarly-sized objects. The lab also includes facilities for the processing of those models, including both editing of the LSS models, landmarking, and virtual reconstruction, as well as statistical analyses. For more information on primate morphometrics, visit the Frost Homepage or contact Dr. Steve Frost.

The Primate Osteology Laboratory in Condon 304 houses the UO Comparative Primate Collection. The collection was originally compiled by Dr. Theodore I. Grand during his tenure as morphologist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (Beaverton, OR) and includes non-human primate (n=600) and mammalian (n=125) skeletal remains. Dr. Grand and Dr. Maurice Zingeser (Oregon Health Sciences University) have published research based on the analysis of specimens in this collection, many of which have genealogical and life history data records associated with them. The Primate Data Laboratory, also located in Condon 304, is a computer lab devoted to the study of primate biology. This lab houses a dedicated GIS/GPS computer with large digitizing tablet and software for statistical analysis, and a RAID data storage system for large biological anthropology data sets and biological anthropology teaching resources. These laboratories are used by graduate and undergraduate students in primatology, visiting scientists, and is coordinated by Professor Frances White. For more information, visit the White Homepage or contact Dr. Frances White.

The Human Osteology Laboratory is a division of the State Museum of Anthropology, which is itself a self-contained division of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The laboratory is responsible for skeletal remains from local archaeological and forensic contexts. The lab houses osteological comparative specimens, articles and books on human osteology, and an extensive set of osteological data recorded on Native American skeletal remains. The Museum maintains a list of publications and a bibliography of regional publications on human osteology. For more information, contact Dr. Jon Erlandson.

Snodgrass Human Biology Research Lab

Undergraduate student Heather Shattuck-Faegre in Dr. Josh Snodgrass’ Human Biology Research Lab at the Sacred Heart Medical Center

The Human Biology Research Laboratory is directed by Professor Josh Snodgrass and focuses on the development and application of minimally invasive techniques (e.g., dried blood spots and saliva) for assessing health and physiology in population-based research. The laboratory is located in the Center for Medical Education and Research building on the campus of the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon (1 block west of the UO campus). The lab is connected to, and shares resources with, several human physiology labs, including the Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory Physiology Lab. The lab is equipped to support immunoassay analysis of human blood, saliva, and urine samples and, additionally provides facilities for data analysis. The lab also houses equipment for field or laboratory measurement of energy expenditure, physical activity, body composition, and cardiovascular health. For more information on the laboratory, visit the Lab Homepage, the Snodgrass Homepage, or contact Dr. Josh Snodgrass.

The Molecular Anthropology Laboratory is directed by Professor Kirstin Sterner and Professor Nelson Ting and uses molecular data to address questions related to evolution in humans and non-human primates. We have ongoing research related to primate evolutionary genomics, adaptive evolution, primate molecular systematics, molecular ecology, and conservation genetics. The laboratory is located in the Center for Medical Education and Research (CMER) building in room 305. For more information about the molecular anthropology at UO, visit the Molecular Anthropology Group website.