Anthropology Education Committee

Biological Anthropology

Anthropological Resources for Teaching Social Studies, Geography, History, and Science



Biological Anthropology Internet Resource Sites

  • Biological Anthropology Links
    This site contains a large variety of Internet resources concerning biological anthropology, arranged topically into a table of contents.

Biological Anthropology Classroom Resources

  • Anthropology Tutorials
    On-line higher education tutorials and classroom materials on biological and cultural anthropology are provided by the Behavioral Sciences Dept. at the University of Palomar, California.
  • Human Anatomy On-line
    This web site provides hundreds of anatomical images and diagrams on the human body. The images contain animated labels that are activated by rolling your mouse-cursor over the various bones, ligaments, organs, etc. Links to related sites are included as well.
  • Osteo Interactive
    This is an excellent site with many resources about forensic anthropology, paleopathology, and other biological fields within anthropology. The site also contains on-line copies of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • The Skull Module
    This on-line 3-D skull image has labeled parts. Sponsored by the California State University, Chico, Department of Anthropology, this web site contains additional educational tools.
  • Skulls Unlimited, Inc
    Skulls Unlimited is a company that performs skull preservation and cleaning, and sells plastic replicas of skulls showing various morphologies.
  • Virtual Fly Lab
    The Virtual Fly Lab and several other virtual classrooms are available on this web page. Sponsored by California State University, Virtual Courseware for Science Education is an ongoing project dedicated to developing interactive web-based activities for the Life and Earth Sciences. The lessons are structured into individual "labs" with on-line text, graphics, and interactive quizzes. Some of the lab topics include lessons on geological topics, carbon dating artifacts, evolution, and demographics.

Biological Anthropology Publications

  • Biological Anthropology Web
    This web site contains an extensive number of resources and publications for researchers and educators. It also has a web page for those looking for employment.
  • Paleoanthropology in the 1990's
    This site contains a selection of on-line essays about paleoanthropology written by James Q. Jacobs in full-text versions. Topics include: human origins, prehistoric rock art, Neanderthal DNA, and the origins of bipedality.

Biological Anthropology Organizations

  • Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association
    The topical focus of BARFAA is "the excavation, curation, and analysis of human skeletal provide a forum through which professionals and students can share information concerning results of analyses, new methods and techniques of data collection, curation issues, current legal issues, forensic applications, and teaching strategies." The site's most useful feature is its list of resources.
  • Forensic Crime Lab
    This site contains a wealth of information concerning forensic science, human anatomy, morphology, and recent seminars and research findings in related fields. The site also includes abstracts and ordering information on a wide-range of publications.
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
    "The Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. The Society now sponsors two major journals (Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology) as well as a Monograph Series and occasional special publications." The SfAA web page contains information on membership, many publications (some available on-line), and a comprehensive job listings page.


Primate Classroom Resources

  • African Primates At Home
    This web site chronicles the primate research and experiences of one anthropologist, Dr. M. K. Holder, in Africa. The site contains many pictures, audio samples, and textual information about many species of primates in Africa. The various audio files contain vocalizations of different species.
  • Living Links
    Developed by Emory University and the Yerkes Primate Center, this web site is an informative resource on ape and human evolution research, and provides information on ape conservation and other primates.

Primate Organizations

  • American Society of Primatologists
    The ASP web page provides general organizational information and educational resources such as a list of on-line teaching resources about primates and an index of general materials about primate research.
  • The Jane Goodall Institute
    This web page contains educational resources, primate news, organizational information, other related web sites, and some research materials. The "Roots and Shoots" section for youths discusses environmental concerns and provides strategies for academic projects. Forty years of research information is available in a searchable archive.


Human Evoluction - General Resources

  • Anthropology and Human Origins Web Site
    This site has a comprehensive Internet resource list, on-line publications, excavation photographs, and general information about human origins.
  • A Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution
    This is the web site of the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University in Atlanta, which has a study population of chimpanzees. For those interested in primatology in general, this site includes video files showing basic chimpanzee behavior.
  • Harvard University Biology Links
    The Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology offers this web page of biology-related links. The most useful are under the sub-category "Evolution," which includes both human and animal evolutionary topics.
  • Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence in 3-D
    A site put together by Philip Walker and Edward Hagen offers some amazing 3-D skulls using Shockwave plug-ins. Download time for the Shockwave files can be a bit long on a 28.8 modem, but it's worth it.
  • Human Evolution: You Try It
    A sub-section of the PBS web site called Science Odyssey, this site hosts an on-line interactive that gives students the opportunity to explore human evolution in a hands-on environment.
  • Human Origins and Evolution in Africa
    Complete lectures with accompanying photographs and images make this a great site for students. The site also includes a good number of related links for further information.

Human Evolution Museums and Exhibits

  • The National Museums of Kenya
    This is an excellent web site for educators and researchers. The site contains on-line resource tools broken down by subject heading, on-line exhibitions, and an on-line center for primate research.

Human Evolution Publications

  • Human Origins and Evolution in Africa
    This site, useful to students, contains complete lectures on human origins, accompanied by photographs and images, and links to other sources of information.


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