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A five-day short course in the analysis and interpretation of bone trauma is to be offered for postgraduate students in anthropology; researchers in physical/forensic anthropology; forensic pathologists; and law enforcement in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa from 27 to 31 August, 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to present and to familiarize students and professionals with current analytical methods in the analysis and interpretation of bone trauma. Focus will be on the differentiation between healed, fresh and pseudo-trauma; recognition and preliminary interpretation of bone trauma at autopsy; and biomechanical interpretations of bone trauma in the laboratory. Extensive hands-on opportunities with demonstration, casts, and case-study specimens will be provided.
Dear colleagues and fellow students of humankind; past, present, and future, It is our sad duty to inform you that Professor Phillip Vallentine Tobias, FRS, one of the last doyens of Palaeoanthropology, former Chair of the Department of Anatomy and later Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, passed away peacefully a little after noon.
Manuscripts due for end of august. Variation in Tooth Wear and Interesting Dental Features: Past and Present. Summary: Dental wear in the past and present is one of the main features that record the impact of environment, nutrition, and lifestyle on people. Dental wear and certain notable features like mutilation can pose serious-to-mild health concerns for a person or a population. Thus, studying them in past and present societies provides information on the culture, health, and environment that people were living in and how this predisposed or protected them from dental disease. Dental wear is a topic of interest that has evolved over time and involves various disciplines; it is primarily studied by anthropologists and more recently dental clinicians. The study of dental wear variation over time concerns all types and forms of wear, ranging from the ancestral mutilation to bruxism, an indicator of a stressful lifestyle. We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that use methods for recording dental and clinical studies and their effect on dental and general health.