Physical anthropology dating methods
At the turn of the 21st century, geographic populations were described in terms of gene frequencies, which were in turn used to model the history of population movements.
Fossil hominins of considerable antiquity have been found in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe, and few areas lack interesting human skeletal remains.
The course that human evolution has taken and the processes that have brought it about are of equal concern.
In order to explain the diversity within and between human populations, physical anthropologists must study past populations of fossil hominins as well as the nonhuman primates.
Physical anthropologists are also involved in studies of aging, particularly with regard to skeletal changes such as osteoporosis.
Bodily measurements are a mainstay of anthropological research.
The sequential emergence of teeth provides an index of development.