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Dr. Richard Jantz

See Also: Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC)


  • Ph.D. 1970, Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • M.A. 1964, Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • B.A. 1962, Anthropology, University of Kansas

Research Interests

Skeletal Biology, Human Variation, Forensic Anthropology, Quantitative Methods, Dermatoglyphics

CT Sexing Project

National Institute of Justice funded project to improve ability to estimate sex from crania. The project's goal is to improve sexing accuracy beyond the 85-90 % currently possible using traditional methods. We will use ct scans of crania from modern Americans in the William Bass Donated Collection to examine sex dimorphism in greater detail then can be achieved using external observations and measurements. The project is being conducted jointly by Anthropology and Biomedical Engineering.

Selected Publications

Jantz R, Kimmerle EH, Baraybar J. 2008. Sexing and stature estimation criteria for Balkan populations. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53:601-605.

Jantz, RL 2006. Anthropometry. In: Ubelaker DH, editor. Handbook of North American
Indians: Vol. 3. Environment, Origins and Population. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, pp. 777-788.

Jantz, R.L. 2003. The Anthropometric Legacy of Franz Boas. Econ. Hum. Biol. 1/2:277-284.

Sparks, C.S. and Jantz R.L. 2002. A Reassessment of Cranial Plasticity: Boas Revisited. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 99:14636-14639.

Owsley, D.W. and Jantz R.L. 2001. Archaeological Politics and Public Interest in Paleoamerican Studies: Lessons from Gordon Creek Woman and Kennewick Man. Am. Antiq. 66:565-575.

Jantz, R.L. 2001. Cranial Change in Americans. J. For. Sci. 46: 784-787.

Jantz, R.L. and Owsley, D.W. 2001. Variation Among Early North American Crania. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 114:146-155.

Jantz, R.L. and Meadows Jantz, L. 2000. Secular Change in Craniofacial Morphology, Am. J. Hum. Biol. 12:327-338.

Dr. Richard Jantz

Contact Information

Dr. Richard Jantz
Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Forensic Anthropology Center.
250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-4408