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Overview

Revised from a classic in the field, the second edition of Human Osteology is designed for students and professionals who need to accurately identify human skeletal remains, however isolated and fragmentary. The book includes hundreds of photographs and drawings specifically designed to show a maximum amount of anatomical information. With the addition of four new case studies, a guide to electronic resources, and a chapter on molecular osteology, Human Osteology, Second Edition is even more valuable for courses on the human skeleton and as a basic reference and field manual for professional osteologists and anatomists, forensic scientists, paleontologists, and archaeologists.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is an excellent text on osteology. It has hundreds of artistic photos combined with clear and concise text. There are detailed sections on tooth anatomy, skeletal recovery, forensic analysis, ethics, and preservation. A truly beautiful text and art book."
—AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC DENTISTS
"In sum, this beautifully illustrated volume provides much information which will allow readers a chance to explore the many facets of the modern discipline of human osteology."
—AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Edgar F. Allin, MD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is a large, attractively printed textbook and photographic atlas of the human skeleton. The author presents this subject in broad context, emphasizing biological, archeological, forensic, and technical considerations. He has long been a major contributor to this field.
Purpose: The author designed this book to facilitate the study of human bones and the identification and interpretation of osteological remains, whether intact or fragmentary, ancient or recent. He also provides guidance on field collecting methods as well as the proper labeling and handling of laboratory and museum specimens.
Audience: This is a superb textbook for any substantial course in human osteology, and would be valuable to anyone concerned with teaching or applying such information, including anatomists, physical anthropologists, and forensic pathologists.
Features: The largest component of the book is a series of actual-size photographs of all bones in several views, and enlarged photographs of all teeth, with a description of their main features and identification clues. For coherence, the individual skull elements are all from one 16-year-old child, and the postcranial bones are all from one man. Other chapters include coverage of bone as a living tissue, skeletal variation (age, sex, race, pathology, etc.), and also curatorial, bioarcheological, paleoanthropological, forensic, and technical matters. The sadly misguided Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is discussed, along with other ethical issues. There is a listing of 51 relevant web sites, and an extensive bibliography which includes publications as recent as 1999.
Assessment: For its purposes, this is the best publication to date. While more osteological detail is given in some large textbooks and atlases of anatomy, their figures vary greatly in scale. The photographs by Arend Folkers are esthetically composed and informative, showing the bones against a black background. Sometimes shadows obscure details that could have been made visible by adjusting the illumination or by using Photoshop, but discoloration and obscuring reflections have been innovatively suppressed. The only serious factual error I detected is the statement that cranial fontanelles "are cartilaginous membranes." I recommend this book highly.
Edgar F. Allin
This is a large, attractively printed textbook and photographic atlas of the human skeleton. The author presents this subject in broad context, emphasizing biological, archeological, forensic, and technical considerations. He has long been a major contributor to this field. "The author designed this book to facilitate the study of human bones and the identification and interpretation of osteological remains, whether intact or fragmentary, ancient or recent. He also provides guidance on field collecting methods as well as the proper labeling and handling of laboratory and museum specimens. "This is a superb textbook for any substantial course in human osteology, and would be valuable to anyone concerned with teaching or applying such information, including anatomists, physical anthropologists, and forensic pathologists. "The largest component of the book is a series of actual-size photographs of all bones in several views, and enlarged photographs of all teeth, with a description of their main features and identification clues. For coherence, the individual skull elements are all from one 16-year-old child, and the postcranial bones are all from one man. Other chapters include coverage of bone as a living tissue, skeletal variation (age, sex, race, pathology, etc.), and also curatorial, bioarcheological, paleoanthropological, forensic, and technical matters. The sadly misguided Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is discussed, along with other ethical issues. There is a listing of 51 relevant web sites, and an extensive bibliography which includes publications as recent as 1999. "For its purposes, this is the best publication to date. While more osteologicaldetail is given in some large textbooks and atlases of anatomy, their figures vary greatly in scale. The photographs by Arend Folkers are esthetically composed and informative, showing the bones against a black background. Sometimes shadows obscure details that could have been made visible by adjusting the illumination or by using Photoshop, but discoloration and obscuring reflections have been innovatively suppressed. The only serious factual error I detected is the statement that cranial fontanelles are cartilaginous membranes. I recommend this book highly.
Booknews
White (integrative biology and human evolutionary studies, U. of California-Berkeley) presents a textbook for students who have taken the standard anatomy course, and thereby memorized the names and position of human bones, but want to learn how to identify isolated and fragmentary skeletal remains and use them to learn something about the people represented only by bones and teeth. Anatomists, forensic scientists, osteologists, paleontologists, and archaeologists are among the candidates. He has revised the 1991 edition by updating the text; adding new figures, tables, and features; incorporating new standards; and providing a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780127466125
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 563
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Bone Biology
Ch. 3 Anatomical Terminology
Ch. 4 Skull
Ch. 5 Dentition
Ch. 6 Hyoid and Vertebrae
Ch. 7 Thorax: Sternum and Ribs
Ch. 8 Shoulder Girdle: Clavicle and Scapula
Ch. 9 Arm: Humerus, Radius, and Ulna
Ch. 10 Hand: Carpals, Metacarpals, and Phalanges
Ch. 11 Pelvic Girdle: Sacrum, Coccyx, and Os Coxae
Ch. 12 Leg: Femur, Patella, Tibia, and Fibula
Ch. 13 Foot: Tarsals, Metatarsals, and Phalanges
Ch. 14 Recovery, Preparation, and Curation of Skeletal Remains
Ch. 15 Analysis and Reporting of Skeletal Remains
Ch. 16 Ethics in Osteology
Ch. 17 Assessment of Age, Sex, Stature, Ancestry, and Identity
Ch. 18 Osteological and Dental Pathology
Ch. 19 Postmortem Skeletal Modification
Ch. 20 The Biology of Skeletal Populatons: Discrete Traits, Distance, Diet, Disease, and Demography
Ch. 21 Molecular Osteology
Ch. 22 Forensic Case Study: Homicide: "We Have the Witnesses but No Body"
Ch. 23 Forensic Case Study: Child Abuse, the Skeletal Perspective
Ch. 24 Archeological Case Study: The Bioarcheology of the Stillwater Marsh, Nevada
Ch. 25 Archeological Case Study: Anasazi Remains from Cottonwood Canyon
Ch. 26 Paleontological Case Study: The Pit of the Bones
Ch. 27 Paleontological Case Study: Australopithecus Mandible from Maka, Ethiopia
App Photographic Methods and Provenance
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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Preface

Preface

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    Good book!

    I was required to get this book for a human osteology class - very good book, excellent descriptions of bones and all the features, and good pictures, although I wish they would be in color.

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