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.

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


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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1. Human Osteology

1.2. A Guide to the Text

1.3. Teaching Osteology

1.4. Resources for the Osteologist

1.5. Studying Osteology

1.6. Working with Human Bones

Chapter 2. Anatomical Terminology

2.1. Planes of Reference

2.2. Directional Terms

2.3. Motions of the Body

2.4. General Bone Features

2.5. Useful Prefixes and Suffixes

2.6. Anatomical Regions

2.7. Shape-related Terms

Chapter 3. Bone Biology and Variation

3.1. Variation

3.2. A Few Facts about Bone

3.3. Bones as Elements of the Musculoskeletal System

3.4. Gross Anatomy of Bones

3.5. Molecular Structure of Bone

3.6. Histology and Metabolism of Bone

3.7. Bone Growth

3.8. Morphogenesis

3.9. Bone Repair

Chapter 4. Skull

4.1. Handling the Skull

4.2. Elements of the Skull

4.3. Growth and Architecture, Sutures and Sinuses

4.4. Skull Orientation

4.5. Craniometric Landmarks

4.6. Learning Cranial Skeletal Anatomy

4.7. Frontal (Figures 4.13–4.16)

4.8. Parietals (Figures 4.17–4.18)

4.9. Temporals (Figures 4.19–4.21)

4.10. Auditory Ossicles (Figure 4.22)

4.11. Occipital (Figures 4.23–4.24)

4.12. Maxillae (Figure 4.25)

4.13. Palatines (Figure 4.26)

4.14. Vomer (Figure 4.27)

4.15. Inferior Nasal Conchae (Figure 4.28)

4.16. Ethmoid (Figure 4.29)

4.17. Lacrimals (Figure 4.30)

4.18. Nasals (Figure 4.31)

4.19. Zygomatics (Figure 4.32)

4.20. Sphenoid (Figures 4.33–4.36)

4.21. Mandible (Figures 4.37–4.39)

4.22. Measurements of the Skull: Craniometrics

4.23. C


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About the author

Michael Black

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA