The biological collection consists of approximately 300 cubic feet of skeletal remains (modern human, early hominins, and primate skeletons, and reproductions/casts of these remains). This is a significant collection for teaching students about biological evolution and cultural adaptations through time and is used regularly for laboratory courses.
This collection does not include Native American human remains. See UW-Madison’s NAGPRA website for more information on this topic.
A large portion of this collection has been digitized. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the collection objects, not all images are available for public viewing.
The biological anthropology database for the UWAC is currently being populated. As portions of the database are imported, our intent is to make unrestricted fields available online for public viewing/searching. Stay tuned for a link to this opportunity!