Human skull
Picture by Dallas Krentzel

Skeletal Biology Research Centre

The first and only UK-based Centre focusing on the analysis of biological hard tissues

The Skeletal Biology Research Centre (SBRC) is a UK-based Centre focusing on the analysis of biological hard tissues (bones and teeth).

It brings together innovative research, novel methodologies and international collaborations already established within Biological Anthropology in the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC), with expertise and resources from Physical Sciences and Biosciences at Kent, and the Powell-Cotton Museum. The Centre carries out cutting-edge research ranging from analyses of the most important human fossils, histological studies of teeth and bone, isotopic analyses and dietary reconstruction, virtual 3D analyses of the skeleton, and forensic identification that together ultimately aim to better understand humans and our evolutionary history.

The almost complete hand of the fossil hominid Australopithecus sediba (1.98 million years old). Photo: Peter Schmidt