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"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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