University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Jan 27, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023
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ANTH 664 - Dental Anthropology

(3 units)
Dental morphology, growth and development; dental variability. Techniques used to reveal past diets, health, and behavior. Forensic odontology. Major stages in dentition evolution, focusing on primate and human dental evolution.

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Fall - Odd Years

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify the basic elements of mammalian tooth crowns and roots and learn the developmental and evolutionary significance of these structures, orally and in writing.
2. evaluate the variation evident in the human dentition and learn how to apply this knowledge to issues of human origins and evolution, and express this orally and in writing.
3. explain how tooth substance can be lost during the lifetime of individuals and how variation within and between populations can be used to infer diet, dietary behavior, and cultural behavior, and express this orally and in writing
4. categorize pathological conditions, including caries, abscesses, and antemortem tooth loss and the connections of these conditions to diet/dietary behavior and geographic/cultural variation, and express this orally and in writing.
5. document the importance of dental growth and development to issues of life history, and express this orally and in writing.
6. perform data collection techniques to include the recordation of dental morphology and metrics within a lab setting, and convey this orally and in writing.
7. recognize human variation in the present and past using the dentition, and express this orally and in writing.
8. apply, orally, in writing, and in practice, the theoretical, empirical, and/or methodical issues covered by the course to research questions in the Dental Anthropology.


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