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Paleodemography: Age Distributions from Skeletal Samples

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 31

Edited By: Robert D Hoppa and James W Vaupel

259 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2008 | #177403 | ISBN-13: 9780521089166
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Hardback | Jan 2002 | #123309 | ISBN: 0521800633
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Physical anthropologists, mathematical demographers and statisticians tackle methodological issues for reconstructing demographic structure for skeletal samples. Topics discussed include how skeletal morphology is linked to chronological age, assessment of age from the skeleton, demographic models of mortality and their interpretation, and biostatistical approaches to age structure estimation from archaeological samples.

'! a must for all palaeodemographers and biological statisticians.' International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 'Paleodemography has a checkered history and this book will mark a milepost.' American Journal of Human Biology 'There are many excellent aspects of this well-produced book, not least the standardisation of terminology and notation across the contributions which makes the statistical reasoning less impenetrable than would otherwise be the case.' Journal of Human Evolution 'In sum, palaodemographers, skeletal biologists, forensic anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, as well as archaeologists will find Paleodemography an important resource.' Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin '! essential for everyone with an interest in palaeodemography, including researchers and graduate students in biological anthropology, palaeopathology and biostatistics.' Annals of Human Biology 'This very important book is an essential reference for anyone attempting to estimate demographic parameters through the study of human remains. ! this volume is a carefully crafted contribution to palaeodemography, focused upon methodological concerns. Essential for practitioners, its contents should also appeal to a broader scientific community, including statisticians, demographers and evolutionary biologists.' Antiquity


1. The Rostock Manifesto for paleodemography: the way from stage to age Robert D. Hoppa and James W. Vaupel; 2. Paleodemography: looking back and thinking ahead Robert D. Hoppa; 3. Reference samples: the first step in linking biology and age in the human skeleton Bethany M. Usher; 4. Aging through the ages: historical perspectives on age-indicator methods Ariane Kemkes-Grottenthaler; 5. Transition analysis: a new method for estimating age-indicator methods Jesper L. Boldsen, George R. Milner, Lyle W. Konigsberg and James W. Wood; 6. Age estimation by tooth cementum annulation - perspectives of a new validation study Ursula Wittwer-Backofen and H. Buba; 7. Mortality models for paleodemography James W. Wood, Darryl J. Holman, Kathleen A. O'Connor and Rebecca J. Ferrell; 8. Linking age-at-death distributions and ancient population dynamics: a case study Richard R. Paine and Jesper L. Boldsen; 9. A solution to the problem of obtaining a mortality schedule for paleodemographic data Bradley Love and Hans-Georg Muller; 10. Estimating age-at-death distributions from skeletal samples: a multivariate latent trait approach Darryl J. Holman, James W. Wood and Kathleen A. O'Connor; 11. Markov Chain Monte Carlo estimation of hazard model parameters in paleodemography Lyle W. Konigsberg and Nicholas P. Herrmann; 12. A re-examination of the age-at-death distribution of Indian Knoll Nicholas P. Herrmann and Lyle W. Konigsberg.

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ROBERT D. HOPPA is a physical anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include historical demography, epidemiology, human skeletal biology, growth and development and forensic anthropology. He has also co-edited Human Growth in the Past: Studies from Bones and Teeth (1999; ISBN 0 521 63153 X). JAMES W. VAUPEL is a demographer and is currently Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. He is also Professor of Demography and Epidemiology at the Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, and Senior Research Scientist at the Sanford Institute at Duke University in North Carolina. His research focuses on human biodemography, human longevity and centenarian research. He has authored or edited numerous books in the field of demography, particularly oldest old mortality, including Population Data at a Glance (1997), The Force of Mortality at Ages 80 to 120 (1998), and Validation of Exceptional Longevity (1999).

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