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Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, 3rd Edition

Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, 3rd Edition

M. Anne Katzenberg, Anne L. Grauer

ISBN: 978-1-119-15161-6

Sep 2018, Wiley-Blackwell

620 pages

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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
Simon Hillson

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
Michael Pietrusewsky

Chapter 18 Paleodemography: Problems, Progress and Potential
George R. Milner, James W. Wood, and Jesper L. Boldsen