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Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture

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Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture

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    Elizabeth Weiss(Author)
"This is the first volume to take such a comprehensive approach to this timely subject. It will make a wonderful reference book for those working on reconstructing past lifeways."-Marie E. Danforth, University of Southern Mississippi"Provides key information on the underlying biology of activity patterns and abundant perspectives on the relevant literature. Reading the Bones will pave the way to new, thoughtful research."-Douglas H. Ubelaker, editor of Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future DirectionsWhat can bones tell us about past lives? Do different bone shapes, sizes, and injuries reveal more about people's genes or about their environments? Reading the Bones tackles this question, guiding readers through one of the most hotly debated topics in bioarchaeology.Elizabeth Weiss assembles evidence from anthropological work, medical and sports studies, occupational studies, genetic twin studies, and animal research. She focuses on skeletal features such as measurements from cross-sectional geometries; entheseal changes, or locations of muscle attachments; osteoarthritis, which has often been thought to result from wear and tear on joints; stress fractures and hernias; and bone facets, which have been thought to come from frequent kneeling, squatting, or weight-bearing. This thorough survey of activity indicators in bones helps us understand which markers are mainly due to human biology and which are truly useful in reconstructing lifestyle patterns of the past.

Elizabeth Weiss, professor of anthropology at San Jose State University, is the author of Paleopathology in Perspective: Bone Health and Disease through Time.

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  • PDF | 188 pages
  • Elizabeth Weiss(Author)
  • University Press of Florida (30 July 2017)
  • English
  • 8
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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