Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology

Edited by

  • Elizabeth DiGangi, Contracted as a consultant/forensic anthropologist for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
  • Megan Moore, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, USA

Research Methods in Human Skeletal Biology serves as the one location readers can go to not only learn how to conduct research in general, but how research is specifically conducted within human skeletal biology. It outlines the current types of research being conducted within each sub-specialty of skeletal biology, and gives the reader the tools  to set up a research project in skeletal biology. It also suggests several ideas for potential projects. Each chapter has an inclusive bibliography, which can serve as a good jumpstart for project references.
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Forensic professionals (i.e. physical and biological anthropologists, scientists, researchers), advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students in physical and biological anthropology, professors/instructors teaching research methods courses


Book information

  • Published: September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385189-5


"…this book aims to assist students in developing a research focus and learning appropriate methods in order to build a strong foundation for future work."--Evidence Technology Magazine, July-August 2013
"This book is designed as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in modern human skeletal biology with the goal of providing more detailed introductions to the many techniques available than do other books…Most chapters include case studies exemplifying the approaches and their results; a glossary adds value. Valuable for classroom and library use."--Choice, July 2013

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Research in Skeletal Biology

1. Introduction to Skeletal Biology
Elizabeth A. DiGangi and Megan K. Moore

2. Application of the Scientific Method to Skeletal Biology
Elizabeth A. DiGangi and Megan K. Moore

Part II: Research on Aspects of the Biological Profile

3. Age-at-Death Estimation
Natalie Uhl

4. Sex Estimation and Assessment
Megan K. Moore

5. Ancestry Estimation
Elizabeth A. DiGangi and Joseph T. Hefner

6. Stature Estimation
Megan K. Moore and Ann H. Ross

7. Paleopathology
Maria O. Smith

8. Investigation of Skeletal Trauma
Anne M. Kroman and Steven A. Symes

9. Taphonomy
Kerriann Marden, Marcella H. Sorg and William D. Haglund

10. Dental Anthropology
Emily Hammerl

11. Demography
Lyle W. Konigsberg and Susan R. Frankenberg

Part III:  Technological Advances

12. Geometric Morphometrics
Ashley H. McKeown and Ryan W. Schmidt

13. Bone and Dental Histology
Lindsay H. Trammell and Anne M. Kroman

14. Functional Morphology and Medical Imaging
Megan K. Moore

15. Isotopes
Jonathan D. Bethard

16. Molecular Methods
Graciela S. Cabana, Brannon I. Hulsey, and Frankie L. Pack

Part IV: Completing and Cultivating the Scientific Process

17. Library Research, Presenting, and Publishing
Elizabeth A. DiGangi

18. Future Research Considerations in Human Skeletal Biology
Elizabeth A. DiGangi and Megan K. Moore