Scott E. Burnett

Professor of Anthropology

Chair of Comparative Cultures Collegium

Seibert Humanities 100 C
Fax: 727-864-7995


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology; Arizona State University, Tempe
  • M.A. in Bioarchaeology; Arizona State University, Tempe
  • B.A. in Anthropology; Texas A&M University, College Station

Courses offered

Introduction to Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Disease in Human Antiquity, Human Osteology and Anthropology.


I have a broad background in biological anthropology with primary research interests in human skeletal variation, dental anthropology, health in the past, and public attitudes towards science and pseudoscience. My research has included fieldwork in the Southwest U.S., France, Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean, and Thailand. Currently, I am analyzing skeletal remains from a coastal archaeological site on the island of Carriacou, near Grenada (West Indies), where I hope to shed further light on prehistoric burial practices and pathology. I am also Co-Director of Bioarchaeology on a field school excavating the Iron Age cemetery at the site of Promtin Tai in central Thailand.

Scott Burnett


  • Burnett SE, Irish JD. 2017. Introduction to A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth. In SE Burnett, JD Irish (eds): A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, p 1-16.
  • Burnett SE. 2017. Intentional or not? Characterization and reassessment of proposed intentional dental modification cases in the present-day southwestern United States. In SE Burnett, JD Irish (eds): A World View of Bioculturally Modified Teeth. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. p 250-269.
  • Tocheri MW, Dommain R, McFarlin S, Burnett SE, Case DT, Orr CM, Roach NT, Villmoare B, Eriksen A, Kalthoff D, Senck S, Assefa Z, Groves CP, Jungers WL, 2016. The evolutionary origin and population history of the grauer gorilla. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 159(S61):S4-S18.
  • Burnett SE. 2016. Crown wear: Identification and categorization. In JD Irish, GR Scott (eds): A Companion to Dental Anthropology. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, Inc. p 415-432.
  • Burnett SE, Stojanowski CM, Mahakkanukrauh P.  2015. The bipartite trapezoid bone: morphology, population variation, identification, and five new cases from Africa and Asia. Annals of Anatomy 198:58-65.
  • Burnett SE, Troy Case. 2014. Interpretation of variant morphological patterns in the hallucal cuneometatarsal joint. Anthropological Science 122(3):123-129.
  • Lertcharnrit T, Kirkland S, Burnett SE. 2013. [Dental Palaeopathology: Preliminary results of Iron Age human teeth from central Thailand]. Art & Culture34(6):28-33 [in Thai].
  • Burnett SE, Irish JD, Fong MR. 2013. Wears the problem? Examining the effect of dental wear on studies of crown morphology.  In GR Scott, J Irish (eds):Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation. Cambridge University Press. pp. 535-553.
  • Orr CM, Tocheri MW, Burnett SE, Awe RD, Saptomo EW, Sutikna T, Jatmiko, Wasisto S, Morwood MJ, Jungers WL. 2013. New wrist bones of Homo floresiensis from Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia). Journal of Human Evolution64(2):109-129.
  • Burnett SE, Wilczak C. 2012. Tarsal and tarsometatarsal coalitions from Mound C (Ocumulgee Macon Plateau Site, Georgia): Implications for understanding the patterns, origin, and antiquity of pedal coalitions in Native American populations. HOMO — The Journal of Comparative Human Biology63(3):167-181.
  • Burnett SE. 2011. Hamate-pisiform coalition: Morphology, clinical significance, and a simplified classification scheme for carpal coalition. Clinical Anatomy24:188-196.
  • Burnett SE, Case DT. 2011. Bipartite medial cuneiform: New frequencies from skeletal collections and a meta-analysis of previous cases. HOMO – The Journal of Comparative Human Biology 62(2):109-125.
  • Case DT, Burnett SE. 2010. Identification of tarsal coalition and frequency estimates from skeletal samples. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology22(6):637-754.
  • Burnett SE, Hawkey DE, Turner II CG. 2010. Population Variation in Human Maxillary Premolar Accessory Ridges (MxPAR). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141(2):319-324.
  • Fitzpatrick SM, Kappers M, Kaye Q, Giovas C, LeFebvre M, Harris MH, Burnett SE, Carstensen JA, Marsaglia K, Feathers J. 2009. Archaeology on the “Island of Many Reefs”: Investigating the pre-Columbian Settlement of Carriacou (West Indies). Journal of Field Archaeology 34(3):247-266.
  • Kaye Q, Burnett SE, Fitzpatrick SM, Kapper M, Swogger J. 2009. Archaeological Investigations on Carriacou, West Indies (July 7th – August 9th 2008): Fieldwork and Public Archaeology. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 19:1-20.
  • Kaye Q, Burnett SE, Fitzpatrick SM, Kappers M. 2007. Ongoing archaeological investigations on Carriacou, West Indies: 2nd July – 3rd August 2007. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 18:167-176.
  • Case DT, Burnett SE, Nielsen T. 2006.  Os Acromiale:  Population differences and their etiological significance. HOMO – Journal of Comparative Human Biology 57(1):1-18.
  • Burnett SE, Case DT. 2005. Naviculo-cuneiform I coalition: Evidence of significant differences in tarsal coalition frequency. The Foot 15(2):80-85.
  • Lee C, Burnett SE, Turner II CG. 2003. Examination of the rare labial talon cusp on human anterior teeth.  Dental Anthropology 16(3):81-83.
  • Burnett SE, Weets JD. 2001. Maxillary canine-first premolar transposition in two Native American samples from New Mexico.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 116:45-50.
  • Case DT, Burnett SE. 2000. Frequency and form of the supracondylar process among ancient Nubians.  Journal of Paleopathology 12(3):17-27.  Correct authorship in erratum Vol 16(1).
  • Burnett SE. 1999.  Prevalence of maxillary canine-first premolar transposition in a composite African sample.  The Angle Orthodontist 69(2):187-189.
  • Case DT, Ossenberg NS, Burnett SE. 1998. Os intermetatarseum:  A heritable accessory bone of the foot. American Journal of Physical Anthropology107(2):199-210.
  • Burnett SE. 1996. A new look at premolar trait variation: Maxillary premolar accessory ridges (MxPAR).  Dental Anthropology Newsletter 10(3):17-18.
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