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eAnthro: A Collection of Digital Laboratories

Imagine the adventurous life of a leading-edge anthropologist. Traveling in remote geographic locations, facing dangers from the elements, wild animals, and sometimes, unfriendly people.  Spending challenging weeks and years seeking elusive artifacts. Dreaming nights of discovering a critical missing bone.

However, thanks to Professor John Kappelman, you can experience the thrill of examining a rare fossil, potentially a human ancestor, right from the comfort of your internet-connected computer.

The eAnthro project is the culmination of much collaborative work led by Professor Kappelman, a National Science Foundation award-winning scholar who has a way with visualizing the scientific process for his students, and for students of Anthropology world-wide. Using 3-D laser scanners, high resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRXCT), and digital photography, much of which was provided by Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS), you can access an amazing collection of fossil skeletons online via eFossils. Everything from brown lemurs to marmosets to gorillas, to perhaps the world’s most famous skeleton, called eLucy, a member of the species Australopithecus afarensis who lived 3.2 million years ago, can be examined in multiple sharp graphic views, close up, side-by-side in comparison, and even in 360 degree, 3-D animation.

Building on early success with eSkeletons, a site that also included lots of resources for K-12 students (the site earned an A+ from Education World), the new umbrella of e-Anthro ties together a variety of approaches to the graphic represention of scientific data in unique and user-friendly ways.

John Kappelman represents the best of College of Liberal Arts Faculty—a highly acclaimed scholar who brings his scientific research into the classroom in interactive, accessible, and thought-provoking new ways.

Visit the eAnthro Sites:

Friday Technology Forum

Friday Sep 25, 2009, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mezes Hall, Basement Auditorium (MEZ B0.306)

Please join Liberal Arts ITS for the first Friday Technology Forum of the 2009-10 academic year:

John Kappelman and his project team members will present their work on the eAnthro suite of websites, including the newly designed e-Skeletons and e-Fossils sites. Through the use of 3-D laser scanners, high resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRXCT), and digital photography, a large fossil collection is now available for viewing and study through these websites.

More information on this Friday Technology Forum

by Emily Cicchini