Education at UM

Vertebrate Osteology Course

Biology 495 or Anthropology 495     

Offered every Spring Semester

This interdisciplinary course consists of an intensive introduction to identification techniques and interpretive methods used in the analysis of vertebrate osteological remains from archaeological sites, forensic cases and from natural accumulations. This course emphasizes the post cranial skeleton and deals in large part with the identification of fragmentary remains.

The lecture component covers topics such as:

  • techniques used in the identification of vertebrate remains
  • functions of bone
  • taphonomy
  • quatification techniques
  • verebrate taxonomy
  • skeletal trauma and pathology
  • methods of interpreting osteological remains
woman with snake at front of class
Students from Vertebrate Osteology Spring 2012 examining some faunal remains

UM Courses that Rely on the Museum Collections

Diversity of Life Laboratory (BIO 104)

Offered Spring semesters (2cr)
This lab covers the diversity of life, including prokaryotes, viruses, protista, fungi, plants and animals including structure and evolutionary relationships.

Ornithology (BIO 304)

Offered Spring semesters (4cr)
This course covers the classification, structure, evolution, behavior and ecology of birds

Mammology (BIO 306)

Offered Fall semesters (4cr)
This course covers the evolution, systematics, anatomy, physiology and ecology of mammals

Biology and Management of Fishes (BIO 308)

Offered Fall semesters (4cr)
This course covers the Diversity, adaptations and ecology of fishes. Analysis and management of fish populations and communities.

Wildlife Techniques (WBIO 373)

Offered Spring semesters (2cr)
This Lab and field oriented class covers commonly-used wildlife research and management techniques.

Anthropological Museology (ANTH 483)

Offered Spring semesters, odd-numbered years (3cr).
Offered through the UM Anthropology Department, this course is an introduction to anthropological museums, museum work, and museum theory.