Anthropology is a broad subject. The areas covered in the Palaeontology Department come within the field of biological anthropology also known as physical anthropology.

Our research ranges from the study and dating of early fossil humans such as the Neanderthals through to work on the growth and development of modern people.

Fieldwork and collaboration


We carry out fieldwork in the UK, Europe and in countries like Morocco, often in collaboration with archaeologists.

Large-scale collaborations

The department is currently involved in several large-scale collaborative anthropology projects:


We use a variety of research techniques, including:

  • conventional measurement and description
  • microscopy
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • chemical studies of teeth and bones
  • Alicona InfiniteFocus microscope (AIFM) for 3D data analysis