Dr. Adam Sylvester has been named as a collaborator by Dr. Libby Cowgill of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri for her NSF-MCA grant, titled “Validating Patterns of Bone Functional Adaptation in Living Humans.”  Bone is a living tissue that can adapt and change in response to an individuals behavior and environment. Skeletal data therefore are used in bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, and forensic anthropology to infer habitual activities such as mobility, locomotor type, weapon use, and subsistence strategy. Dr. Cowgill’s project aims to improve such inferences through additional examination and validation of relationships among bone, muscle, and activity patterns using imaging and behavioral data from living individuals.