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Current Honours Students

Class representative 2018: Athi Baliso


 

Athi Baliso

Thesis title: Forensic Anthropology Cape Town: Are we helping?

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Gibbon Co-supervisor: Chandra Thurgood

Thesis Description: South Africa is faced with a serious issue of high crime rate, which results in a large number of unidentified deceased individuals. In 2017, over one million crimes were reported in South Africa, 20 000 of which were murders. Challenges faced in identification of the deceased re not only due to excessive caseloads, but also to high volumes of decomposed, burnt or skeletonised remains with no formal identification. Forensic Anthropologists usually assist in these investigations.  In the Western Cape this service is provided by Forensic Anthropology Cape Town (FACT). Therefore, the purpose of this research is to investigate case resolution of human remains analysed by the FACT lab. I will make use of a database of cases analysed by FACT between 2011 – 2017 and identify CAS numbers and the investigating officers. I will contact investigating officers telephonically and find out whether the cases are resolved, on-going or cold.


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Bronte Davies

Thesis Title:  A biocultural assessment of cranial injuries, pathology and deformations in Khoesan crania dating to the Holocene period

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Gibbon Co-Supervisor: Nadine Kocerhan

Thesis description: This research aims to identify and interpret pathology, injuries and deformations that stand out as variations from normal Koesan cranial osteology.  It is expected that pathology will vary depending on diet and lifestyle as the Khoesan population analysed would have consisted of both hunter-gatherers and pastoralists. The objectives  of the study are to compare the data obtained between inland and coastal Khoesan samples that fall within the 10 000 year Holocene period, as well as to compare pathology between the early and late Holocene. The overarching aim for this palaeopathological study is to provide further insight into and understanding of the practices, lifestyle and environmental or social stresses of the southern African Khoesan population.

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Zikhona Kupiso

Thesis title: The influence of perspective, experience and education on non-metric assessment of cranial traits.

Supervisor: Dr Victoria Gibbon, Co-supervisors: Prof Graham Louw and Ms. Elizabeth Dinkele

Thesis description: When conducting a medico-legal investigation it is not always the case where the Forensic Anthropologist has all the instruments to help with identification of unknown individuals, sometimes they need to use visual inspection (nonmetric methods). Many researchers believe in order to accurately identify an individual using nonmetric methods one needs to have years of experience and a higher level of education in the field of Biological Anthropology. In this qualitative study, randomly selected participants with varying levels of education and experience in the field of Biological Anthropology will be asked to assess different cranial using nonmetric methods. This is to assess if does the level of education, experience and positioning of the skull affect nonmetric assessments of cranial traits.

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Graduated Honours Students

2017. Teherah Asmall. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Variations in the sciatic nerve in relation to piriformis muscle.  Supervisors: Ms Kerri Keet and Dr. Geney Gunston.

2017. Louren Bruce. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Variation in the persistent eustachian valve. Supervisors: Dr. Geney Gunston and Ms. Kerri Keet.

2017. Krisna Els. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). The orbitofrontal cortex in the cadaver population in the Department of Human Biology. Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Warton and Ms. Kerri Keet.

2017. Christie Putter. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). An investigation of the skeletal remains recovered from the historic Black River Parkway burial site in Cape Town.  Supervisors: Dr. Jacqui Friedling and Ms Mary Patrick.

2017. Caryn Rajh. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Variations in the renal arteries and veins and categories of their branching patterns in a cadaver samples. Supervisors: Prof Graham Louw and Miss Kentse Mpolokeng.

2017. Ava Sham. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Exploring the potential of clavicle metrics for understanding activity variation. Supervisor: Dr. Jacqui Friedling.

2017. Maximilian Jan Spies. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Disarticulation sequences and scattering patterns in the temperate southwestern Cape, South Africa. Supervisors: Dr Victoria Gibbon and Devin Finaughty.

2017. Gobe Tanthuma. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Coronary artery dominance and variations in cadaveric specimen at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Supervisors: Prof Graham Louw and Ms. Kentse Mpolokeng.

2017. Kimberly Wucherpfennig. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Dental analyses from 18th and 19th century church cemeteries in Green Point, Cape Town. Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Gibbon.

2016. Karuma Cliff Mirirai. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Intercondylar notch width and anterior cruciate ligament length: a sex and bilateral comparative study. Supervisors: Prof. Graham Louw and Kentse Mpolokeng.

2016. Muramba Wadzanai. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Evaluation of the location and frequency of periosteal lesions on the cranial vault. Supervisors: Dr. Jacqui Friedling and Ms. Petra Maass.

2016. Sharma Neha. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Anatomical variations of the extrahepatic biliary tree in a South African population. Supervisors: Prof. Graham Louw and Kentse Mpolokeng.

2015. Benetton Laura. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The forensic estimation of sex and race from the femur in South African black, white and coloured individuals. Supervisors: Dr. Jacqui Friedling and Ms. Petra Maass.  

2015. Longden-Thurgood Chandra. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). The anatomy of the internal jugular veins, including their relationship with the carotid artery and what anatomical variations in these veins can make cannulation hazardous. Supervisor: Dr. Geney Gunston.

2015. Potter Elizabeth. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The biomechanical influence of pelvic morphology on sexual dimorphism of the femur. Supervisors: Dr. Jacqui Friedling and Ms. Petra Maass.

2013. Biffen Stevie. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). An anthropometric analysis of morphological shape and symmetry in the hyoid bone of adult males in the Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisor: Dr. Jacqui Friedling.  

2013. Greeff Marlie. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). The descriptive anatomy of the human intraparietal sulcus in a Southern African cadaver sample. Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Warton.

2013. Schwab Petra. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). The aortic-ridge in children under eleven years of age. Supervisors: Dr. Geney Gunston and Dr. Linda Liebenberg.

2012. Finaughty Devin. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The face of the past: an assessment of the reliability of the Manchester Method of craniofacial reconstruction through confirmation of the underlying bone structure of reconstructed faces. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2012. Tredoux Simone. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). The presence of a septal aperture on the humerus in South African samples. Supervisor: Prof. Graham Louw and Dr. Jacqui Friedling.

2011. Randall Steven. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Anatomical variation in the coronary ostia, the coronary arteries and myocardial bridging in a Southern African cadaver sample. Supervisor: Prof. Graham Louw.

2010. Maass Petra. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Cortical preservation of cadaver bone: a macroscopic, microscopic and biochemical study. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2010. Van Der Berg Kerri. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). The gross anatomy of the ligamentum arteriosum: a cadaver study. Supervisors: Dr. Rachel Alexander and Dr. Geney Gunston.

2009. Krein Maya. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The ultra-sonographic identification of variation of the palmaris longus muscle and tendon that are undetected by manual tests. Supervisors: Dr. Jacqui Friedling and H Gangata.

2010. Shargay H. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Radiographic survey of lumbar vertebral variations in native southern Africa. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2009. Clarke C. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The presence of the os daubentonia in the wrist joint of humans. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2009. Makin E. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Analysis of secular trends in height and weight within the Springbok rugby team from 1906 to the present. Supervisor: Prof. Graham Louw.

2009. Olebile B. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). An analysis of the use of prostheses by disabled athletes in competitions: Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Supervisor: Prof. Graham Louw.

2008. Noy Scott. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Prevalence of HIV-1 in a cadaver sample: evidence from blood vessels. Supervisors: Dr. Rachel Alexander and Dr. Geney Gunston.

2008. Roff B. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Greulich and Pyle (1959) skeletal age. Estimation using hand-wrist radiographs- does the method apply to South African children? A Pilot Study. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2008. Van der Watt B. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). A demography and preservation study of Later Stone Age human skeletons from the west coast of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2007. Dembetembe K. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Bone preservation and burial pattern: an analysis of the 18th and 19th century burial remains from Cobern Street. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2007. Van Kets Victoria. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Histological structure of the aorta in a South African population: what is normal? Supervisors: Dr. Rachel Alexander, Dr. Geney Gunston, Dr. Linda Liebenberg and Dr. Helen Wainwright.

2006. Daya N. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). An investigation of metric and non-metric dental traits in a Later Stone Age population from Southern Africa. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2006. da Silva Rip. Honours (Applied Anatomy). Creation of a database and a demographic survey of all cadavers used at the University of Cape Town Medical School 1911-2005. Supervisor: Dr. Charles Slater.

2006. Franks Amelia. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Prevalence of arterial vascular disease in South African populations. Supervisors: Dr. Rachel Alexander, Dr. Geney Gunston, Dr. Linda Liebenberg and Dr. Lorna Martin.

2005. Machers S. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Bony and soft-tissue landmarks for the reconstruction of the nose: a forensic application. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2005. Joshua L. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Synovial and non-synovial joint arthritis in the 18th century Cobern Street sample of archaeological skeletons. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2005. Salie T. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The mystery of the Freemason skeletons. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2004. Manyaapelo T. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Anterior tooth wear in South African prehistoric populations. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2002. Dlamini N. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). An analysis of the proximal tibia flattening in relation to the anatomical signs of squatting in Khoisan hunter-gatherers. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

2001. Munoz-Lamilla AO. Honours. An investigation into the symmetry of physical limb development in people active in symmetrical and asymmetrical sports. Supervisor: Prof. Graham Louw. University of Adelaide, South Australia.

1997. Nkojoana MT. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Anthropometric assessment of liveborn and stillborn neotates. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1997. Ledger M. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). The people from the Cobern street graves:  a biomechanical analysis of the long bones. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1993. O’Shaughnessy K. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). An electromyographic and biostereometric analysis of the forearm musculature in rock climbers using four different handhold grip techniques. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1992. Reynard J. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). Palaeopathological analysis of a 19th century Cape Town population. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1991. Bell C. BA Honours (Applied Anatomy). Functional anatomy of the human thumb joint. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1990. Mathers K. BA Honours (Biological Anthropology). Exhibits, evolution and education:  a survey of museum visitors. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1988. Alder D. BSc (Med) Honours (Biological Anthropology). An analysis of the human skeletal remains from Faraoskop, Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.

1985. Solker R. BSc (Med) Honours (Applied Anatomy). Histological ontogeny and related phylogeny of the human plica semilunaris. Supervisor: Prof. Graham Louw.

1982. Rawlinson RJC. BA Honours (Archaeology). The stable carbon isotope and osteological analysis of a prehistoric human sample from the southwestern Cape, South Africa. Supervisor: Prof. Alan G. Morris.