Physical Anthropology Section Research at the Penn Museum

The C.A.R.E. Program explores the complex interaction between environmental variables (availability of resources, cultural practices, socioeconomic status) and fertility and health patterns in populations of northern Argentina.

The Guatemala Health Initiative involves Penn faculty and students and the mostly Tzutujil Maya community of Santiago Atitlan, in the western highlands of Guatemala.

More than 175 years ago, a ditch in Chester County became a mass grave for 57 Irish immigrant railroad workers, thought to have died of cholera. Now, a team that includes a Penn scholar and undergraduate is digging deeper into the lives – and deaths – of these laborers.

The Krapina Neanderthal site in Croatia contains the largest collection of Neanderthal fossils as yet recovered. Skulls, teeth, and all of the bones of the skeleton are preserved.

How many years does it take for a human to mature? Panoramic X-rays of the developing dentition of Philadelphia children show that children are maturing more quickly than children even 1 generation ago.

Forensic anthropology contributes to many types of criminal investigations – homicides, bank robberies, etc.

The Anatolian Genetic History Project is a detailed genetic and ethnographic study of populations living in Central Anatolia to elucidate their origins and affinities with European, Near Eastern and Central Asian groups.

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