• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Biological Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This is a practically oriented course designed to equip biological anthropology and archaeology students, in a laboratory setting, with the fundamental skills involved in identifying faunal remains, especially those of mammals, in terms of body part and taxonomy. It is particularly important to treat these in the context of comparative mammalian biology. Building on BIAN 3015 (Human Skeletal Analysis) –, the course will focus on the bones and teeth of a) the native and introduced mammals typically encountered during archaeological excavation in Australia and b) the non-human primates. Some attention will also be given to identification of the non-mammalian fauna of Australia, from remains recovered in excavation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and identify (giving reasons) the bones and teeth of the mammals treated in the course, down at least to generic level
  2. Compare the remains of the different taxa of mammals, interpret them, and explain why they differ
  3. Demonstrate an ability to transfer their skills to a practical context
  4. Analyse mammalian remains both to differentiate the taxa concerned, and to place them in an overall biological context
  5. Assess the differences between different mammalian taxa, argue functional and phylogenetic considerations, and justify their conclusions
  6. Develop an understanding of the mammals in general, and be able to generate phylogenetic arguments

Indicative Assessment

One short presentation (15-20 mins) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]

One short essay or report (450-500 words) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 4-6]

One two-hour practical examination (80%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]

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Normally offered every year.

One two-hour lecture, one two-hour guided and supervised practical, at least four hours of unsupervised practical, and two hours of private study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

12 units in (ANTH, ARCH, PREH, BIOL) and BIAN 3015. Incompatible with PREH 3010 and BIAN 3011.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1230
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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