No âmbito do Mês da Ciência e da Tecnologia, promovido pela Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, no dia 22 de outubro de 2019 teve lugar a palestra “Como a genética conta a nossa grande história humana”. Moderada por David Marçal, contou com Eugénia Cunha (Laboratório de Antropologia Forense), Svante Pääbo e Luisa Pereira como oradores. A sessão incluiu a apresentação do livro “Homem de Neandertal: Em busca dos genomas perdidos” de Svante Pääbo.
A docente do Departamento de Ciências da Vida (FCTUC) e Investigadora do Laboratório de Antropologia Forense Maria Teresa Ferreira foi distinguida pela avaliação dos alunos no desempenho pedagógico nas comemorações dos 247 anos da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, no passado dia 16 de outubro de 2019.
Nos dias 12 e 14 de setembro, o grupo de Antropologia Forense e Paleobiologia esteve presente no FASE – Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe Advanced Course in Forensic Anthropology and One-Day Symposium 2019, que teve lugar em Bruxelas, Bélgica. Contou com a participação de vários investigadores do Centre for Functional Ecology – Science for People & the Planet, nomeadamente com as comunicações orais de:
- Maria Teresa Ferreira, Catarina Coelho, Eugénia Cunha, Sofia N. Wasterlain. “Evidences of trauma in adult African enslaved individuals from Valle da Gafaria, Lagos, Portugal (15th-17th centuries)”;
Calil Makhoul, Luis Batista de Carvalho, David Gonçalves, Eugénia Cunha. “To be or not to be … discriminatory? The re-assemblage of human burned skeletal remains via a chemometric method”;
Angela Bessa, Shari L. Forbes, Ricardo Jorge Oliveira-Dinis, Maria Teresa Ferreira. “The mummy returns: bringing to life human spontaneous mummification in forensic scenarios”;
Mariana Pedrosa, Luís Batista de Carvalho, Maria Paula Marques, Francisco Curate, Maria Teresa Ferreira “Beyond Metrics And Morphology: Influence of Age at death and Sex in Chemical Analysis by FTIR-ATR”;
Bem como apresentações de posters:
Bruna Gabriel, Calil Makhoul, João Coelho, Luís Batista de Carvalho, Eugénia Cunha. “Thermally induced changes: influence of duration of heat exposure on colorometry, morphometry and chemometrics”;
Bruna Abrunhosa, Luísa Eiras, Manuela Marques, Eugénia Cunha. “Wormian Bone or gunshot wound? – The complexity of forensic anthropology”;
Cláudia Maio, David Navega, Eugénia Cunha. “Metric analysis of the patella for sex estimation”;
Inês Oliveira-Santos, Ricardo Miguel Godinho, Manuel Francisco Pereira, António Maurício, António Valera, David Gonçalves. “Macroscopic and microscopic analyses of tooth enamel for sex diagnosis after heat treatment”.
Two workshops were held at the University of Coimbra’s Department of Life Sciences, organized by the Forensic Anthropology and Paleobiology research group of the Centre for Functional Ecology (CEF). The University of Coimbra is one of the three European partners of the Bakeng se Afrika Project, funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union. This project aims to create a digital database of South African osteological collections, build standard operating procedures for bone digitization, store and analyse digital data, and create ethical standards in the use and in the digitization of human remains.
These workshops took place from the 26th to the 30th of August, on statistics, and from the 2nd to the 6th of September, dealing with the analysis of bone trauma.
The purpose of the statistics workshop was to provide participants with essential tools to data science in anthropology. The course provided an introduction to the R language as well as statistical analysis. It was intended to provide the basic knowledge necessary for the independent use of the R programming language, thus helping participants to start their own research projects and produce publications.
The focus of the second workshop was to provide participants with broad practical training and discussions on the application of the current biomechanical methodology in interpreting bone traumatic injuries. The national and international institutional collaboration of this workshop was a unique opportunity to address the problems encountered by practitioners in a forensic environment when analysing and interpreting traumatic injuries.
These workshops brought professionals from various regions of the world (South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Croatia, USA, France, England, Italy, Sweden) to the University of Coimbra.