The Juvenile Skeleton

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The identification of even the smallest human fetal bone can be vital to the success of a criminal investigation or to the identification of the deceased. This book examines every bone in the human body from its earliest embryological stage through to maturity and is profusely illustrated with superb bone drawings at every stage of development. The ability to identify every component of the developing skeleton is of core relevance not only to the forensic profession but also to clinicians, skeletal biologists and physical anthropologists.

• Identifies every component of the developing skeleton
• Provides detailed analysis of juvenile skeletal remains and the development of bone as a tissue
• Summarizes key morphological stages in the development of every bone

Audience: Anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic and medical scientists, pediatrics and paleontologists.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Kirk A. McCullough, BA (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book details in both text and illustrations the various aspects of developmental juvenile osteology. This follow-up to Developmental Juvenile Osteology (Academic Press, 2000) provides a book more suited to the needs of students in skeletal biology, anthropology, archaeology, and forensic science. In addition to being a more affordable book, the information is presented in a more manageable way to facilitate its use a core teaching text for the aforementioned disciplines. Compared to its parent text, this book has omitted much of the general and detailed information pertaining to the adult skeleton while retaining and, in some cases, developing the elements that made Developmental Juvenile Osteology a great resource. This change, in addition to updated content and a few new drawings, makes this an essential resource for studying the juvenile skeleton.
Purpose: The purpose is to create a more manageable and affordable book for juvenile osteology that could be used in the academic setting. From the various comments and reviews of the predecessor book, it was readily apparent that a more concise and affordable book was needed for use in the academic setting. The authors do an excellent job of fulfilling the goal of providing a book more suitable and appropriate for the student reader.
Audience: The authors do a superb job of reaching the audience students studying skeletal biology, forensic science, archaeology, and anthropology.
Features: Before jumping right into the development of the juvenile skeleton, the authors begin with a discussion about the provenance, identification, and interpretation of juvenile skeletal remains. Following this is a description of the various aspects of bone development, including different modes of formation, growth, and maturation, and a brief, general discussion of early embryologic development. Having provided the reader with a general understanding of bone development and early embryology, the authors devote the remainder of the book to describing the development of each element of the human skeleton from the early embryologic stages to final adult form. This discussion follows a logical topographic order and of note, in contrast to the previous book, includes a chapter solely devoted to dentition. As with its predecessor, this book supplies the reader with detailed and fully illustrated descriptions of bones at each critical developmental stage. By retaining all of the original illustrations of the original and providing some additional drawings, this book continues to meet the need for a wonderfully illustrated text dedicated to the juvenile human skeleton. In addition, by omitting much of the general and detailed information pertaining to the adult skeleton and restructuring the information, the authors have produced a text that is much more suitable for academic use and that allows those who need more detailed information or extensive references the ability to refer to their original text. Although the authors have done a remarkable job, my only recommendation would be to include color in some of the illustrations. There are some instances in which adding color will more adequately demonstrate what the authors are trying to describe.
Assessment: This is an invaluable reference to those training in the fields of anthropology, skeletal biology, archaeology, and forensic science. Its amazing use of detailed illustrations and descriptions satisfy the desperate need for a book dedicated solely to juvenile osteology. By providing a more manageable and affordable text, the authors have provided a solution to the problems that their previous book posed for students and have further distinguished themselves as the authors of the ultimate reference in the study of juvenile osteology.
From the Publisher
"An invaluable reference...amazing use of detailed illustrations and descriptions..."
—Kirk A. McCullough, University of Kansas Medical Center for DOODY'S

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121028213
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Scheuer teaches anatomy and dental anatomy to undergraduates, and forensic and archaeological osteology at the postgraduate level at various medical schools thoughout London. She holds degrees in zoology and anatomy, and is particularly interested are in the developmental anatomy of the juvenile skeletons, the biology of past peoples, and in the field of skeletal identification in forensic investigations.

Sue Black holds a Ph.D. Human Anatomy. She has done research into methods of identification from human skeleton. Her research interests include all aspects of skeletal identification, particularly in relation to forensic investigations.

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Table of Contents

Juvenile Skeletal Remains
Bone Development
Early Embryonic Development
The Head and Neck
The Dentition
Vertebral Column
Pectoral Girdle
Upper Limb
Pelvic Girdle
Lower Limb

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