Physical anthropology is a branch of biological sciences dealing with the study of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Under the direction of Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Curator, the Department of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is devoted primarily to the study of human origins and evolution. It also curates the Hamann-Todd Human Skeletal Collection, one of the world’s largest documented collections of modern human skeletal remains.
Department scientists conduct cutting-edge paleoanthropological field and laboratory research in Africa, the United States and other parts of the world. The department’s collections are enormous sources of data, and it facilitates research conducted by students and various professionals in the fields of primate variation, growth and development, pathology, prosthetic prototyping and orthopedics.
The Department of Physical Anthropology offers programs that provide opportunity for a more in-depth look at the discipline. Undergraduate students interested in a paid summer internship are encouraged to investigate the Kirtlandia Research Internship Program
. For information about volunteer programs, contact the curator