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300019 UE Exercises to virtual anthropology (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work
Tu 05.10. 14:00-14:30 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 13.12. 08:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 08:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 08:00 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 16.12. 08:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 17.12. 08:00 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The goal of this practical course is to gain a basic understanding of modern quantitative methods of physical anthropology. To to so, we carry out a project based on digital data, including the reconstruction of a fragmented cranium and the analysis of cranial shape and its interpretation as well as the discussion of interactions between ontogeny and phylogeny.

- introduction to working with digital crania in the form of surface data
- introduction to data acquisition of recent and fossil material
- methods of quantification, visualization and analysis of morphological patterns

no prerequisites.

Assessment and permitted materials

regular attendance, participation, oral performance assessments during the course, written assignments as homework

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

regular attendance, constructive participation and positive completion of the homework assignment, submission until 31.01.2022

Examination topics

Topics discussed during the course are applied in the written homework.

Reading list

If interested in more in-depth literature:

Zelditch ML, Swiderski D, Sheets HD, Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists: A Primer, Elsevier Ltd.

Zollikofer CP, Ponce de León, Virtual Reconstruction: A Primer in Computer-Assisted Paleontology and Biomedicine, John Wiley & Sons

Weber GW & Bookstein FL, Virtual Anthropology: A guide to a new interdisciplinary field. Springer.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Fr 24.09.2021 09:29