Human Osteology, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0127466125
ISBN-10: 0127466126
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"This is a superb textbook for any substantial course in human osteology, and would be valuable to anyone concerned with teaching or applying such information, including anatomists, physical anthropologists, and forensic pathologists...For its purposes, this is the best publication to date." - RATED 5 STARS!
- DOODY'S PUBLISHING REVIEWS

Praise for the First Edition
"This is an excellent text on osteology. It has hundreds of artistic photos combined with clear and concise text. There are detailed sections on tooth anatomy, skeletal recovery, forensic analysis, ethics, and preservation. A truly beautiful text and art book."
- AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC DENTISTS

"This text is an excellent consideration of human bone and the many kinds of information which can be gleaned from its analysis."
- NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGIST

"The majority of the photographs are stunning life-size plates of bones. Crests and grooves, striae and foramina are easily identified on every bone."
- INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY

"In sum, this beautifully illustrated volume provides much information which will allow readers a chance to explore the many facets of the modern discipline of human osteology."
- AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Rated 5 Stars by Doody's Publishing Reviews!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 563 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (October 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0127466126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0127466125
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The pictures in this book are incredible, and the text is well-written and very helpful for anyone who is trying to memorize or learn about the human skeleton, as well as those who are just mildly interested in it. I bought it to use for his Human Paleontology class at UC Berkeley (he gives an osteology quiz at the beginning of the semester--aaaaah!) and now I am always referring back to it. The whole package is probably upper division college material but the text is clear and understandable, and I would recommend it to anyone just on account of the pictures. It's definitely a book I'll hang onto for a long time.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julia G. Fields on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I used the old edition of this book for a class I took a year ago. I studied this book intensely, and have read it cover-to-cover at least 4 times. I am going to be a teaching assistant for the same class in the fall, and am very excited that the professor is using the new edition. While the old edition was excellent, the new edition offers so much more. It goes much deeper into the explanations as well as offering detailed images of the muscle markings, as opposed to the old edition, which briefly mentioned the muscle attachments but did not go into detail. I am very pleased with this book, and as a student, I found it was one of the few textbooks that actually helped me learn in a class.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Stewart Owens on September 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A tersely-written, succint and comprehensive overview of the human skeleton, including sections on analytical methods currently employed by physical anthropologists. These include age/sex assessment, excavation/recovery guides, photographic methods, stature/ancestry assessment, palaeopathology and population biology. Three case studies, from the fields of hominid palaeontology, archaeology and forensic anthropology are also included to add depth to the methods and procedures discussed. Despite being first published almost ten years ago, White's superb and succint writing style makes many recent publications appear superfluous by comparison. Probably the best book of its kind ever written.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a criminalistics student this was a required textbook for my forensic anthropology class. This book was by far the most informative on the subject of human osteology. If you are confused with the ball of the femur and the head of the humerus, this is the one for you. I am now able to correctly identify bone fragments, due mostly in part to the intricate details presented in this particular book. Forget it, Book buy-back - I plan to keep this book long after my college years!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By matt v on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Color diagrams of muscle attachments and shaft cross-sections make this volume a significant advance from previous editions. For field archaeologists who have worn out their previous editions, this one's a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Y Greer on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a great improvement from the previous edition. The addition of muscle attachment information is wonderful. This is a great place to start for learning osteology. The images are clear, and descriptions are useful. However, beware the section on the soft tissue of the femur. The numbering of the muscles and on the image are skewed. Therefore about 10 muscles by my count are mislabeled. If you don't have any prior knowledge of soft tissue anatomy, be extra careful using (at least the section on the femur) as your only guide for muscle attachments. A couple of the errors are rather obvious where the colour of the image is not congruent with the category under which they mentioned. However, some are less clear, and one could incorrectly learn as to the origin and insertions of several important muscles of the leg and thigh. If this is the only mislabeled diagram in the text, and it is the only one i have seen, then I would still recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good introductory text, and I have referred to it many times, but I can't give it 5 stars...

As someone else said, the descriptions of features on the bones were sometimes lacking.

And while the photos are big, bold, and very helpful, sometimes the single-source lighting throws shadows over features on the bones. This didn't bother me too much because I was lucky enough to study in a lab with dozens of specimens I could use to familiarize myself with the landmarks, but for students who don't have access to real bones, these photos may be insufficient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Liapis on September 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The one star is NOT for the content which is amazing, but A.P's printing job. It was no better than I could have done with an almost dry ink roller and cheap paper . It was THE worst printing job EVER, with light spots and lines. I was SOOO upset because the one I borrowed at the library is beautiful with glossy paper and great photos. So, if you want this book, MAKE SURE IT'S ON GLOSSY PAPER and get it USED. I would have paid maybe $10 for the copy I got, NOT $90.
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