The School of Anthropology and Conservation offers state-of-the-art facilities, including modern genetics labs, dedicated equipment for microscopic imaging, a video editing suite and computer studios.

Conservation laboratories

Research in conservation genetics is spread across two molecular laboratories. One is dedicated to DNA extraction and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) preparation, the other to PCR amplification and downstream analyses. Both are managed by Professor Jim Groombridge

Ecology Laboratory

The School also houses an Ecology Laboratory, managed by Professor Richard Griffiths and featuring many live specimens such as the golden mantella frog and the Mexican salamander (axolotl).

Student taking skull measurements in the lab
University of Kent/Simon Jarrett.

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Anthropology laboratories

Animal Postcranial Evolution Laboratory

The Animal Postcranial Evolution Laboratory (APE) managed by Professor Tracy Kivell investigates the evolution and functional morphology of the postcranial skeleton, with a focus on humans, non-human primates and their fossil ancestors. 

Biological Anthropology Teaching Laboratory

This exceptional laboratory, upgraded in August 2018, houses a large fossil cast collection with more than 150 casts of extant and extinct primates and hominins. The collection includes full skeletons of modern humans as well as Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis, Australopithecus afarensis, chimpanzee, mandrill, siamang (gibbon), spider monkey and vervet monkey.

Ethnobiology Laboratory

The Ethnobiology Laboratory managed by Dr Raj Puri focuses on the identification of useful plants, herbarium practice, culture and taste perception, and material culture. 

Human Osteology Research Laboratory

The Human Osteology Research Laboratory managed by Dr Patrick Mahoney investigates questions related to growth, development and diet in humans, non-human primates, our fossil ancestors and other mammals. It is also home to KORA (Kent Osteological Research & Analysis), an established unit offering osteological analyses of human skeletal remains both on-site and within the lab.

Virtual Palaeoanthropology Laboratory

The Virtual Palaeoanthropology Laboratory managed by Dr Matthew Skinner investigates the evolutionary history of humans from seven million years ago to the present day. Its research aims are to reconstruct the lineage that led to the origin of modern humans after the split from our common ancestor with the chimpanzee/bonobo lineage.

Visual Anthropology Laboratory

The Visual Anthropology Laboratory overseen by Dr Mike Poltorak is a modern editing suite for visual anthropology projects and ethnographic filmmaking.

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