Description

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.

Key Features

  • Provides a step-by-step guide to conducting research in human skeletal biology
  • Covers diverse topics (sexing, aging, stature and ancestry estimation) and new technologies (histology, medical imaging, and geometric morphometrics)
  • Excellent accompaniment to existing forensic anthropology or osteology works
  • Readership

    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

    Table of Contents

    Dedication

    Foreword

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    About the Contributors

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Skeletal Biology

    Goals of this Textbook

    Why Study the Human Skeleton?

    A Concise (and Abridged) Overview and History of Themes in Physical/Biological Anthropology Relevant to Human Skeletal Biology

    Format of this Book

    How to Use this Book

    Final Thoughts

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Chapter 2. Application of the Scientific Method to Skeletal Biology

    Introduction to Science

    The Scientific Method

    Developing a Research Question: How to Think of and Develop Ideas

    Project Logistics

    Case Study: The Development of a Dissertation Topic

    Final Thoughts

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Recommended Reading

    Chapter 3. Age-at-Death Estimation

    Introduction

    Subadult Age-at-Death Estimation

    Statistics and Adult Age-at-Death Estimation

    Adult Age-at-Death Estimation

    Case Study: Bayesian Theory Applied to the Multifactorial Age Indicator Problem

    Conclusion

    References

    Chapter 4. Sex Estimation and Assessment

    Introduction

    Sex Assessment versus Sex Estimation

    Sexual Dimorphism: Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Factors

    Sex Assessment

    Metric Sex Estimation

    Problematic Areas of Sex Estimation

    Case Study: Developing Population-Specific Sexing Standards

    Conclusion

    References

    Chapter 5. Ancestry Estimation

    Introduction

    (Brief) History of Race Concept

    Hrdlička, Hooton, and Boas: Three Key Figures in the Development of the Discipline

    Scientific Racism

    Modern Thought About Ancestry

    Ancestry and Forensic Anthropology

    Statistical Approaches

    Case Study: Assessing Ancestry for an Unknown

    Final Thoughts: t

    Details

    No. of pages:
    576
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2013
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Academic Press
    Print ISBN:
    9780123851895
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780123851901

    Reviews

    "…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