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Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton

Edited By: M Anne Katzenberg and Shelly R Saunders

640 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | May 2008 | Edition: 2 | #172187 | ISBN-13: 9780471793724
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This is the market-leading reference and textbook dealing with the scientific analysis of human skeletal remains recovered from archaeological sites. This book is titled "The Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton" in order to recognize the place of the author's within the broader subject of anthropology and to maintain the emphasis on biological research. The content of the book demonstrates how anthropologists examine the interaction of biological and cultural factors shaping the physical adaptations of the people in the past. The biology of prehistoric and early historic people is studied largely through the analysis of hard tissue.

Like the first edition , this heavily revised edition is organized into five parts with contributing chapters written by experts in the field of human skeletal biology. Part One covers theory and application, which leads to Part Two's discussion of morphological analyses of bone, teeth, and age changes. Following in Part Three are reviews of prehistoric health and disease. Part Four examines chemical and genetic analysis of hard tissues, and Part Five closes with the coverage quantitative methods and population studies. Such in-depth topics as how humans have regarded the dead over time and across cultures, the ethics of skeletal research, and the contributions and advances in research analysis are essential elements contained within this book.

Much expanded, this edited volume amply demonstrated advances that had taken place in less than a decade in histological analyses of bone and tooth, the biomechanics of bone biology, trace element and stable isotope studies, and CT and other imaging approaches.
- Journal of Antropological Research, Winter 2009

"This book is virtually required reading for biological anthropologists and will be a useful, up-to-date primer on osteological analyses for a wider audience."
- The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2009

"The editors and the individual authors are to be recommended for having produced a volume that skeletal biologists, aspiring and seasoned, can profitably add to their personal libraries."
- American Journal of Human Biology, January 2009

"'Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton' is a comprehensive guide to the ever-changing discipline of physical anthropology and provides an in depth introduction to human skeletal biology. The structure of the book makes it easy for the reader to follow the progression of the field of human skeletal biology."
- PaleoAnthropology, 2009


Preface To The Second Edition (M. Anne Katzenberg And Shelley R. Saunders).
Preface To The First Edition (M. Anne Katzenberg And Shelley R. Saunders).
Foreword (Jane E. Buikstra).

1. Bioarchaeological Ethics: A Historical Perspective on the Value of Human Remains (Phillip L. Walker).
2. Forensic Anthropology: Methodology and Diversity of Applications (Douglas H. Ubelaker).
3. Taphonomy and the Nature of Archaeological Assemblages (Ann L. W. Stodder).

4. Juvenile Skeletons and Growth-Related Studies (Shelley R. Saunders).
5. Histomorphometry of Human Cortical Bone: Applications to Age Estimation (Alexander G. Robling and Sam D. Stout).
6. Biomechanical Analyses of Archaeological Human Skeletons (Christopher B. Ruff).
7. Morphometrics and Biological Anthropology in the Postgenomic Age (Benedikt Hallgr#msson, Miriam Leah Zelditch, Trish E. Parsons, Erika Kristensen, Nathan M. Young, and Steven K. Boyd).
8. Reading Between the Lines: Dental Development and Subadult Age Assessment Using the Microstructural Growth Markers of Teeth (Charles M. FitzGerald and Jerome C. Rose).
9. Dental Morphology (G. Richard Scott).

10. Dental Pathology (Simon Hillson).
11. Analysis and Interpretation of Skeletal Trauma (Nancy C. Lovell).
12. Light and Broken Bones: Examining and Interpreting Bone Loss and Osteoporosis in Past Populations (Sabrina C. Agarwal).

13. Stable Isotope Analysis: A Tool for Studying Past Diet, Demography, and Life History (M. Anne Katzenberg).
14. Bone Chemistry and Trace Element Analysis (James Burton).
15. DNA Analysis of Archaeological Remains (Anne C. Stone).

16. Metric Analysis of Skeletal Remains: Methods and Applications (Michael Pietrusewsky).
17. Nonmetric Trait Variation in the Skeleton: Abnormalities, Anomalies, and Atavisms (Shelley R. Saunders and Dori L. Rainey).
18. Advances in Paleodemography (George R. Milner, James W. Wood, and Jesper L. Boldsen).
19. Method and Theory in Paleodemography, with an Application to a Hunting, Fishing and Gathering Village from the Late Eastern Woodlands of North America (Richard S. Meindl, Robert P. Mensforth, and C. Owen Lovejoy).


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M. Anne Katzenberg received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1983. She holds a university professorship at the University of Calgary(Department of Archaeology). Her research interests include diet and health in past peoples, and in particular, she explores the various applications of stable isotope analysis to reconstructing paleodiet, paleodemography, and ecology. She serves on the editorial board of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and is the vice-president of the Paleopathology Association. In 2003, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. She serves as a consultant in forensic anthropology for the Medical Examiner of Alberta (southern division). Recent publications include "Identification of historical human skeletal remains: a case study using skeletal and dental age, history and DNA" International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2005, with G. Oetelaar, J. Oetelaar, C. Fitzgerald, D. Yang, and S.R. Saunders, and "Skeletal Biology: Great Lakes Area," Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 3, 2006, edited by D.H. Ubelaker. She is co-editor, with Stanley Ambrose of "Close to the Bone: Biogeochemical Approaches to Paleodietary Analyses in Archaeology" (Plenum Press, 2001).

Shelley R. Saunders received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1977. She is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, and the director of the McMaster Anthropology Hard Tissue and Light Microscopy Laboratory. Her research covers microscopic and macroscopic human dental and skeletal growth and development, dental pathology, and methods of sex and age estimation from teeth and bones. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Human Disease and Population Origins and is the founder of the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre. She is also North American editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2001. Recent publications include the coauthored article, "Health of infants in an Imperial Roman skeletal sample: perspective from dental microstructure," American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2006, and "Sexual dimorphism of the dental tissues in human permanent mandibular canines and first premolars," American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2007, with A.H.W. Chan, B. Kahlon, H.F. Kluge, and C.M. FitzGerald.

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