The Bioanthropology Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Ann Magennis, functions to engage undergraduate and graduate students in the research process and in class instruction. Human skeletal remains are analyzed here, especially for the class in Human Osteology. In addition to the graduate and undergraduate students students who have been working on the Mental Health Institute skeletons, Ms. Kim Nichols has engaged Thomas Bown, a highly accomplished paleontologist, and at least 4 undergraduate students who are processing and cataloging fossils from Wyoming, as well as conducting research here.
Standard osteometric devices and a dissecting microscope – standard equipment for an osteological laboratory.
This lab houses 155 human skeletons that are from an unmarked cemetery associated with the late 19th Century Colorado Insane Asylum in Pueblo, Colorado. Several undergraduate and graduate students have worked in the lab, analyzing skeletons and completing MA theses, and others have been working on collecting basis age-at-death and sex information along with metrics and non-metric date, putting the data base on the computer. In addition to the asylum collection, there is a small sample of Gallena burials recovered from National Forest Service land in northern New Mexico. An analysis of this collection, along with more skeletons from the laboratory at the University of New Mexico, resulted in an MA thesis by Vlisha Stanerson.