Human Osteology

Human Osteology, 3rd Edition

Human Osteology, 3rd Edition,Tim White,Michael Black,Pieter Folkens,ISBN9780123741349

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Key Features

* From the world renowned and bestselling team of osteologist Tim D. White, Michael T. Black and photographer Pieter A. Folkens
* Includes hundreds of exceptional photographs in exquisite detail showing the maximum amount of anatomical information
* Features updated and expanded coverage including forensic damage to bone and updated case study examples
* Presents life sized images of skeletal parts for ease of study and reference


A classic in its field, Human Osteology has been used by students and professionals through nearly two decades. Now revised and updated for a third edition, the book continues to build on its foundation of detailed photographs and practical real-world application of science. New information, expanded coverage of existing chapters, and additional supportive photographs keep this book current and valuable for both classroom and field work.

Osteologists, archaeologists, anatomists, forensic scientists and paleontologists will all find practical information on accurately identifying, recovering, and analyzing and reporting on human skeletal remains and on making correct deductions from those remains.


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.

Tim White

Affiliations and Expertise

Human Evolution Research Center (HERC), and The Department of Integrative Biology, The University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA

Michael Black

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Pieter Folkens

Affiliations and Expertise

"A Higher Porpoise", Benicia, CA, USA

Human Osteology, 3rd Edition

Preface to the Third Edition; Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the First Edition; Introduction; Anatomical Terminology; Bone Biology and Variation; Skull: Cranium and Mandible; Teeth; Hyoid and Vertebrae; Thorax: Sternum and Ribs; Shoulder Girdle: Clavicle and Scapula; Arm: Humerus, Radius, and Ulna; Hand: Carpals, Metacarpals, and Phalanges; Pelvis: Sacrum, Coccyx, and Os Coxae; Leg: Femur, Patella, Tibia, and Fibula; Foot: Tarsals, Metatarsals, and Phalanges; Anatomical and Biomechanical Context; Field Procedures for Skeletal Remains; Laboratory Procedures and Reporting; Ethics in Osteology; Assessment of Age, Sex, Stature, Ancestry, and Identity of the Individual; 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; Archeological 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: “Ardi,” the Ardipithecus ramidus Skeleton from Ethiopia; Appendix 1: Imaging Methodology; Appendix 2: A Decision Tree (“Key”) Approach to Tooth Identification; Appendix 3: Online Resources for Human Osteology

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