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300159 UE Evolutionary Medicine and Biocultural markers on the human skeleton (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

According to introductiory meeting on the 1/10 at 15:30 in the Inst Evol Anthropology (Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna)

Proposal: meetings from 16:00-17:30 in the Kursaal of the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna (Burgring 7, 1090 Vienna):
09.10.2019, 16.10.2019, 23.10.2019, 30.10.2019, 06.11.2019, 13.11.2019, 18.11.2019, 27.11.2019, 02.12.2019, 04.12.2019, 09.12.2019, 11.12.2019, 16.12.2019, 18.12.2019.

Tuesday 01.10. 15:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum Anthropologie, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14 2.001 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: based on discussion of papers a scientific question should be elaborated by the group. A small literature review written in English by all participants will be the outcome.

Assessment and permitted materials

Mean between the individual participation and outcomming review.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria


Examination topics

Reading list

Cann be changed or complemented according to necessity
Buikstra JE, Cook DA, Bolhofner 2017: Scientific rigor in paleopathology. International Journal of Paleopathology 19 (2017) 80–87.
Dageförde M, Vennemann M, Rühli FJ (2014): Evidence based palaeopathology: Meta-analysis of Pubmed®-listed scientific studies on pre-Columbian, South American mummies. HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology 65 (2014) 214–231.
De Melo FL, De Mello JCM, Fraga AM, Nunes K, Eggers S. Syphilis at the Crossroad of Phylogenetics and Paleopathology. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, v. 4, p. e575, 2010.
Guerra-Doce E (2015): The Origins of Inebriation: Archaeological Evidence of the Consumption of Fermented Beverages and Drugs in Prehistoric Eurasia. J Archaeol Method Theory (2015) 22:751–782. DOI 10.1007/s10816-014-9205-z.
Hunt KJ, Roberts C, Kirpatrick C (2018): Taking stock: A systematic review of archaeological evidence of cancers in human and early hominin remains. International Journal of Paleopathology 21 (2018) 12–26.
Ives R (2018): Rare paleopathological insights into vitamin D deficiency rickets, co-occurring illnesses, and documented cause of death in mid-19th century London, UK. International Journal of Paleopathology 23 (2018) 76–87.
Larsen et al (2015): Bioarchaeology of Neolithic Catalhoyuk: Lives and Lifestyles of an Early Farming Society in Transition. J World Prehist (2015) 28:27–68. DOI 10.1007/s10963-015-9084-6.
Lokau L & Aktinson SA (2018): Vitamin D’s role in health and disease: How does the present inform our understanding of the past? International Journal of Paleopathology 23 (2018) 6–14.
Milner & Bodsen (2017): Life not death: Epidemiology from skeletons. International Journal of Paleopathology 17 (2017) 26–39.
Perez-Martinez et al (2016): Usefulness of protein analysis for detecting pathologies in bone remains Forensic Science International 258 (2016) 68–73.
Rinaldo et al (2018): Quantitative ultrasonometry for the diagnosis of osteoporosis in human skeletal remains: New methods and standards. Journal of Archaeological Science 99 (2018) 153–161.
Rühli & Henneberg (2013): New perspectives on evolutionary medicine: the relevance of microevolution for human health and disease. BMC Medicine 2013, 11:115. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/11/115.
Schuenemann VJ, Kumar Lankapalli A,Barquera R, Nelson EA, IraõÂz HernaÂndez D, Acuña Alonzo V, et al. (2018) Historic Treponema pallidum genomes from Colonial Mexico retrieved from archaeological remains. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 12(6): e0006447. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006447

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