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