This summer I am working on an extension of my 2020-2021 CHI Fellowship project: 3D MMS Initiative. This website was initially created with the focus of disseminating a pedagogical tool for users to learn macromorphoscopic traits. The website highlights three-dimensional cranial and postcranial variations of the human skeleton. Hand in hand with the learning the traits of this method is understanding how this protocol can be used in research projects and in practice.
My goal for this extension is to include a visual network of MMS references. This web will allow users to visualize scholarship referencing macromorphoscopic research. The interconnected nature of forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology is highlighted by the wide variety of uses for these MMS variations in osteology. Through a biocultural lens, biology, genetics, environment, and culture are all entangled. Research shows that aspects of the biological profile (i.e. ancestry, sex, age, and stature) are interdependent to one another. This network will highlight the wide reach of these variations since the inception of the standardization of the MMS method (Hefner 2009).