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Behavior in our Bones How Human Behavior Influences Skeletal Morphology

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By: Cara Stella Hirst(Editor)
295 pages
Publisher: Elsevier
Behavior in our Bones
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  • Behavior in our Bones ISBN: 9780128213834 Paperback Jan 2023 Available for pre-order
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About this book

There is a wealth of research papers, spanning multiple fields, that investigates morphological changes in the human skeleton in relation to behaviour and biomechanics. Finding this information is time consuming and often not accessible. Behavior in our Bones: How Human Behavior Influences Skeletal Morphology brings this information together in one source and provides an accessible approach to this topic, demonstrating the variation in this research while simultaneously covering the topic in sufficient detail for use in research. This resource provides a clear and consistent narrative, with each chapter having a similar structure, clearly building upon evidence for behaviour reconstruction from morphological changes before discussing the archaeological/anthropological research and value. This resource is an in-depth and comprehensive introduction to theories and research that have allowed archaeologists/anthropologists to infer behaviour and behavioural changes among past populations.

Key Features: 
- Bridges the gap between the basic concepts of the field and details to the reader how various methods can be employed to examine morphological differences and interpret the findings
- Provides a comprehensive discussion of morphological changes to the skeleton related to human behaviours
- Explains the basic concepts of bone remodelling and morphological variation before bringing together research from those currently working in the field to demonstrate how these concepts are applied
- Reviews the analytical methods currently in use which is good as this is particularly confusing to students and would benefit from clarification
- Includes a summary table at the end of each chapter detailing the research discussed


1. Introduction
2. Bone Remodelling
3. Methods
4. Social Complexity and the Cranium 
5. Diet and the Mandible
6. Occupation and the shoulder
7. Weaponry and the Humerus
8. Tool use and the hand
9. Childbirth and the Pelvis
10. Horse riding and the Pelvis
11. Subsistence, sedentism, and the long bones
12. Locomotion and the foot 
13. Injury, care, and skeletal asymmetry
14. Behaviour under the microscope: Bone microstructure
15. Looking for the future in our bones

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Dr Cara Hirst is an early career researcher which gives her a keen insight regarding the specific challenges new researchers face and the information needed to address these challenges. She earned a PhD in Dental and Skeletal Bioarchaeology from University College London where her research focusses on bone remodelling and biomechanical alterations to the human skeleton and inference of behaviour and activity from skeletal morphology. While her speciality is 3D geometric morphometrics and human mandibular morphology, she is interested in a range of methods and behaviours which may be inferred from skeletal morphology. She has presented at numerous conferences and published research papers and chapters for edited books.

Coming Soon
By: Cara Stella Hirst(Editor)
295 pages
Publisher: Elsevier
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