Geographic variation in the human birth canal and its implications for the ‘obstetrical dilemma’ theory

The human birth canal is just large enough for the newborn, making childbirth a difficult and often dangerous process. In a recent study published in the Royal Society, Lia Betti (University of Roehampton) and Andrea Manica (University of Cambridge) show that there is substantial variation in the shape of the female pelvis across human populations, and that most Read More…

Digging into health and disease in post-medieval London with Paola Ponce

In 2011, Archaeology South-East (UCL) excavated 609 post-medieval skeletons from the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in the City of Westminster, London. Today, the Chapel is all that remains of the Hospital of ‘Henry late King of England of the Savoy’, a charitable foundation completed in 1515. Who were the people buried in the chapel and what do their remains tell us about their health?