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An important resource for those seeking to understand advanced methods of analyses of human skeletal and dental remains from archaeological and forensic contexts
Now in its third edition, Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton has become a key reference for bioarchaeologists, human osteologists, and paleopathologists throughout the world. It builds upon basic skills to provide the foundation for advanced scientific analyses of human skeletal remains framed in appropriate cultural, archaeological, and theoretical contexts.
This new edition features updated coverage of topics including histomorphometry, dental morphology, stable isotope methods, and ancient DNA written by experts from within their respective research fields, as well as a number of new chapters on paleopathology. It also covers bioarchaeological ethics; taphonomy and the nature of archaeological assemblages; biomechanical analyses of archaeological human skeletons; and more.
- Fully updated and revised including new chapters and authors
- Individual chapters prepared by experts in their respective research fields
- Information provided on context, methods, applications, promises, and pitfalls
- Features many case studies
Filled with the latest advanced methods and techniques for analyzing skeletal and dental remains from archaeological discoveries, Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton is a trusted text for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and interested professionals in Human Osteology, Bioarchaeology, and Paleopathology.
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the first edition
Notes on Contributors
Chapter 1 Bioarchaeological Ethics: Perspectives on the use and value of human remains in scientific research
Patricia Lambert and Phillip L. Walker
Chapter 2 Forensic Anthropology: Methodology and Applications
Douglas H. Ubelaker
Chapter 3 Taphonomy and the Nature of Archaeological Assemblages
Ann L. W. Stodder
Chapter 4 Children in bioarchaeology: Methods and interpretations
Mary E. Lewis
Chapter 5 Histomorphometry of Human Cortical Bone: Applications to Age Estimation
Timothy P. Gocha, Alexander G. Robling, and Sam D. Stout
Chapter 6 Biomechanical Analyses of Archaeological Human Skeletons
Christopher B. Ruff
Chapter 7 Incremental structures in Teeth: Keys to Unlocking and Understanding Dental Growth and Development
Daniel Antoine, Charles M. FitzGerald, and Jerome C. Rose
Chapter 8 Dental Morphology
G. Richard Scott and Marin A. Pilloud
Chapter 9 Dental Pathology
Chapter 10 Analysis and interpretation of trauma in skeletal remains
Nancy C. Lovell and Anne L. Grauer
Chapter 11 Understanding bone aging, loss and osteoporosis in the past
Sabrina C. Agarwal
Chapter 12 Infectious and Metabolic Diseases: A Synergistic Relationship
Charlotte A. Roberts and Megan Brickley
Chapter 13 Paleopathology: From Bones to Behaviour
Anne L. Grauer
Chapter 14 Stable Isotope Analysis: A Tool for Studying Past Diet, Demography and Life History
M. Anne Katzenberg and Andrea L. Waters-Rist
Chapter 15 Strontium isotopes and the chemistry of bones and teeth
James Burton and M. Anne Katzenberg
Chapter 16 Ancient DNA Analysis of Archaeological Remains
Maria A. Nieves-Colón and Anne C. Stone
Chapter 17 Traditional Morphometrics and Biological Distance: Methods and an example
Chapter 18 Paleodemography: Problems, Progress and Potential
George R. Milner, James W. Wood, and Jesper L. Boldsen
M. Anne Katzenberg, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is co-editor of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and an associate editor for the International Journal of Paleopathology, as well as being extensively published by co-editing seven contributed books and authoring or co-authoring over seventy journal articles and book chapters.
Anne L. Grauer, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago, USA. She is an associate editor for the International Journal of Paleopathology and editor of A Companion to Paleopathology (Wiley Blackwell, 2012).
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