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Human Osteology / Edition 3

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ISBN-13: 9780123741349
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 03/16/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 291,713
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Bone Biology.
Anatomical Terminology.
Hyoid and Vertebrae.
Thorax: Sternum and Ribs.
Shoulder Girdle: Clavicle and Scapula.
Arm: Humerus, Radius and Ulna.
Hand: Carpals, Metacarpals, and Phalanges.
Pelvic Girdle: Sacrum, Coccyx, and Os Coxae.
Leg: Femur, Patella, Tibia, and Fibula.
Foot: Tarsals, Metatarsals, and Phalanges.
Recovery, Preparation, and Curation of Skeletal Remains.
Analysis and Reporting of Skeletal Remains.
Ethics in Osteology.
Assessment of Age, Sex, Stature, Ancestry, and Identity.
Osteological and Dental Pathology.
Postmortem Skeletal Modification.
The Biology of Skeletal Populations: Discrete Traits, Distance, Diet, Disease, and Demography.
Molecular Osteology.
Forensic Case Study: Homicide: "We Have the Witnesses but No Body."
Forensic Case Study: Child Abuse, The Skeletal Perspective.
Archaeological Case Study: The Bioarcheology of the Stillwater Marsh, Nevada.
Archeological Case Study: Anasazi Remains from Cottonwood Canyon.
Paleontological Case Study: The Pit of the Bones.
Paleontological Case Study: Australopitheus Mandible from Maka, Ethiopia.
Appendix: Photographic Methods and Provenance.



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 More than 1 year ago
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.