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Audience: Undergraduate and graduate students studying human skeletal anatomy in physical anthropology, archaeology, and medical school courses aimed at the needs of coroners and forensic pathologists; essential basic reference and field manual for professional osteologists and anatomists, forensic scientists, paleontologists, and archaeologists.
With nearly a decade of advances in osteological research-and the positive response to the first edition-it was time to revise Human Osteology. This revision was driven by colleagues and students who found the first volume valuable and called for "more and better." We have strengthened and updated each chapter, added a host of new figures, tables, and features, and incorporated new standards. Among the advances are a new glossary and new sections on morphogenesis, bone modification, and disease and demography. The chapter on assessing age, sex, stature, ancestry, and identity has been greatly strengthened, and an occupation section has been added to the paleopathology chapter. A new chapter on molecular osteology and four new case studies have been added.
Many of our colleagues contributed excellent suggestions for revision. We have tried to incorporate as many as were feasible. In particular, we thank those authors who wrote published reviews, as well as Susan Anton, Donna Boyd, Kristian Carlson, Mark Fleishman, David Frayer, Marie Geise, Haskel Greenfield, Mark Griffin, Rebecca Keith, Murray Marks, Debra Martin, David Mills, Mary Ellen Morbeck, Robert Paine, John Verano, and Richard Wilkinson. We obviously couldn't add all the things that all the users and reviewers requested, but we have done our best to honor all the good advice from these colleagues.
The most important contributor to the completion of the second edition was David DeGusta. His research and writing skills are apparent throughout, and he contributed much of the new chapter on molecular osteology. As with the first edition, Lyman Jellema was tireless in tracking down the bones to illustrate the new growth sections, and we sincerely appreciate his professionalism, kind assistance, and attention to detail (Lyman even sent cat toys to prevent the felid Lubaka from chewing on specimens). Susan Chin helped to construct the glossary and the guide to electronic resources in osteology. Clark Larsen, Phil Walker, and Juan Luis Arsuaga contributed background and photographs of their work featured in the new case studies, and Robert Paine contributed new photographs in Chapter 2. Gene Hammel helped with demographic questions, Henry Gilbert helped with figures, and Jose Miguel Carretero provided critical observations on the hand skeleton. Alan Shabel was a skilled and tireless proofreader. Thanks again go to the students in Berkeley's "Osteo U" for all their critical observations and helpful suggestions that made this a better book.
Posted September 28, 2011
As an anthropology student I love this book. I have the hard copy and its heavy, so I decided to get the Nook Study version. The text is the same but the images are horrible. The program cuts the images of the bones in half and doesn't let you see the other half. Plus you can't really see the labels for the bones in the images either.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.