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Homo. 2005;56(2):197-205.

The Pretoria Bone Collection: a modern South African skeletal sample.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0001, South Africa. l'abbe@med.up.ac.za

Abstract

The Pretoria Bone Collection began with the inception of the Department of Anatomy and the Medical School at the University of Pretoria in August 1942. Since then the collection has grown from a student aid to a resource for research. In the year 2000, the Pretoria Bone Collection was reorganised. The research material was divided into skulls, complete postcranial and incomplete postcranial remains. The collection presently contains 290 complete skeletons, 704 complete skulls and 541 complete postcranial remains. This paper presents information on the composition of this collection and hopes to heighten both national and international awareness of the collection and research opportunities in South Africa.

PMID:
16130841
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