Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton

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M. Anne Katzenberg, Shelley R. Saunders
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Social Science - 680 pages
"This book is virtually required reading for biologicalanthropologists and will be a useful, up-to-date primer onosteological analyses for a wider audience."
The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2009

"… a comprehensive guide to the ever-changing disciplineof physical anthropology… provides an in depth introductionto human skeletal biology. The structure of the book makes it easyfor the reader to follow the progression of the field of humanskeletal biology."
PaleoAnthropology, 2009 Issue

The First Edition of Biological Anthropology of the HumanSkeleton is the market-leading reference and textbook on thescientific analysis of human skeletal remains recovered fromarchaeological sites. Now, featuring scores of new or thoroughlyrevised content, this Second Edition provides the mostcomprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the topic available.

Like the previous edition, this Second Edition isorganized into five parts with contributing chapters written byexperts in the field of human skeletal biology: Part One coverstheory and application; Part Two discusses morphological analysesof bone, teeth, and age changes; Part Three reviews prehistorichealth and disease; Part Four examines chemical and geneticanalysis of hard tissues; and Part Five closes with coverage ofquantitative methods and population studies. Each chapter includesa review of recent studies, descriptions of analytical techniquesand underlying assumptions, theory, methodological advances, andspeculation about future research.

New or thoroughly revised content includes:

  • Techniques in the analysis of human skeletal and dentalremains

  • Extensive coverage of new technologies, including modernmorphometric techniques

  • Advances in the field of forensic anthropology

  • Enhanced discussion of ethical terms regarding the study ofaboriginal peoples' remains where those people are no longer thedominant culture

This book serves as an indispensable research guide tobiological anthropologists, osteologists, paleoanthropologists, andarchaeologists. Now with a stronger focus on teaching complexmaterial to students, this revised edition provides enhanced casestudies and discussions for future directions, making it aninvaluable textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduatestudents in biological anthropology and forensic anthropologyprograms.


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M. ANNE KATZENBERG, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1983. She holds a university professorship at the University of Calgary(Department of Archaeology). Her research interests include diet and health in past peoples, and in particular, she explores the various applications of stable isotope analysis to reconstructing paleodiet, paleodemography, and ecology. She serves on the editorial board of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and is the vice-president of the Paleopathology Association. In 2003, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. She serves as a consultant in forensic anthropology for the Medical Examiner of Alberta (southern division). Recent publications include “Identification of historical human skeletal remains: a case study using skeletal and dental age, history and DNA” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2005, with G. Oetelaar, J. Oetelaar, C. Fitzgerald, D. Yang, and S.R. Saunders, and “Skeletal Biology: Great Lakes Area,” Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 3, 2006, edited by D.H. Ubelaker. She is co-editor, with Stanley Ambrose of Close to the Bone: Biogeochemical Approaches to Paleodietary Analyses in Archaeology (Plenum Press, 2001).

SHELLEY R. SAUNDERS, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1977. She is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, and the director of the McMaster Anthropology Hard Tissue and Light Microscopy Laboratory. Her research covers microscopic and macroscopic human dental and skeletal growth and development, dental pathology, and methods of sex and age estimation from teeth and bones. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Human Disease and Population Origins and is the founder of the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre. She is also North American editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2001. Recent publications include the coauthored article, “Health of infants in an Imperial Roman skeletal sample: perspective from dental microstructure,” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2006, and “Sexual dimorphism of the dental tissues in human permanent mandibular canines and first premolars,” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2007, with A.H.W. Chan, B. Kahlon, H.F. Kluge, and C.M. FitzGerald.

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