Biological (Physical) Anthropology is the study of biological variation and evolution in humans, human ancestors and other living and extinct primates from their skeletal and dental remains. In the broadest sense, biological anthropologists seek to understand how biological and cultural process work together to shape species over time. Biological anthropology is an extremely diverse field, and encompasses a number of research tracks including paleoanthropology, primatology, bioarchaeology, human biology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology and ancient DNA.
Prof. Jason Last is the academic founder of the Anthropology Research Group in the School of Medicine. Prof. Last has supervised a number of postgraduate students in the domain of Biological Anthropology and he continues to collaborate on research in the discipline.
Dr. Robin Feeney is a Biological Anthropologist in the School of Medicine who specialises in comparative human biology and dental anthropology. Her research primarily focuses on morphological variation in dental tissues using high-resolution imaging technology to visualise internal structures of teeth to address questions in biological variation and evolution in the human lineage.