Osteometric Variation Analysis Lab
PI – Dr. Benjamin M. Auerbach

This laboratory, located at 427D Strong Hall, is designed to allow morphological researchers to capture metric data from skeletal remains using portable, precise equipment. Skeletal remains from the extensive departmental collections are available for non-destructive data collection. These collections include human skeletons from the William M. Bass Donated Collection. In addition, the department’s unique skeletal collection of pedigreed small primates (tamarins & marmosets) is curated in the OVAL.

To access the small primate skeletal collection, you will need to contact Dr. Auerbach. To access the Bass Donated Collection, contact Dr. Dawnie Steadman.

Equipment housed in the laboratory includes:
  • G2X Immersion, Inc. microscribe
  • Artec Space Spider 3D light scanner
  • Aribex Nomad portable X-ray emitter and digital sensor for use with bone
  • portable field osteometric boards
  • standard and digital calipers
  • computer workstations for use in data acquisition and analysis, including two high-end graphics computers
Both Dr. Auerbach and Anthropology Department graduate students have ongoing projects utilitzing the resources of the OVAL. Read more about Dr. Auerbach’s ongoing research on the Research Page. Students use the laboratory for training, for small projects, and in conducting pilot studies as part of their masters and doctoral research.

Access is granted by permission of Dr. Auerbach. Research space is limited, but researchers are welcome!

Site design by B.M. Auerbach. Last updated: November 2019