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The Human Bone Manual Paperback – July 29, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0120884674 ISBN-10: 0120884674 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (July 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0120884674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0120884674
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tim White and Pieter Folkens's The Human Bone Manual is a terrific addition to the tool kit of osteologists and archaeologists. The book-concise, tightly written, and rich in photographic detail-will be the standard human identification reference for generations to come. Every field project or lab that deals with skeletal remains, ancient or modern, will depend on it."
- Clark Spencer Larsen, Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Ohio State University

"As a human osteology manual, this book is an excellent resource for archaeologists, palaeontologists and forensic anthropologists. It is a thoroughly written, well illustrated and can be highly recommended."
- Francis Thackeray, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria
South Africa

"This volume is a compact form of previously highly successful editions of Human Osteology by these same authors. In its newest form it is somewhat abbreviated, but is nevertheless an extraordinarily accurate and complete guide to all of the fundamentals of osteoanthropology. The illustrations retain their same vivid three dimensional quality as in previous editions, and the accuracy and thorough review of all major methods (aging, sexing, excavation, laboratory care, etc.) have been retained. It is the perfect companion text and manual for any undergraduate or graduate human osteology course, and is equally highly recommended as well to students of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc., simply because it presents such clear and instructive presentations of fundamental human anatomy. It is, quite simply, the best human anatomy manual currently available."
- C. Owen Lovejoy, Kent State University

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The field guide to human bone identification

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Would highly recommend it to anyone in forensics, anthropology.
June Martin
The bone manual gives you the great pictures fo White's human osteology in a nice compact Bass sized field book!
N. Burt
I was tired of reading osteology books that are created solely for the public.
Amy 62

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Hale on February 12, 2006
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This manual is a somewhat more consise version of Dr. White's Osteology textbook. Excellent for anyone with any need to understand the human skeleton in depth. Clearly and assessibly written and includes fantastic pictures, indexes of directional terms, etc. Used widely on archaeological digs the world over.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By June Martin on July 21, 2006
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As a physical anthropology grad student, I am finding this book to be very useful. The hardcover text is great, but this is transportable and packed with information. Would highly recommend it to anyone in forensics, anthropology.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Donley on February 28, 2006
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this book would be best accompanied by an anatomy book. To really get a good visual, it's a good idea to review muscle attachments and origin sites in a(n additional) book with color.so My biggest criticism (and it's so easy to criticize) is that while many of the bones are pictured the as the actual size, there are not photographs of the bones articulated with neighboring bones. I found it hard to side bones because of this. So, it's a pretty good book in spite of my harshness, just not by itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Biggs on October 14, 2007
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Excellent reference for travelling and field work as it's half the size of the original edition. I have the original and bought this anyway. The photography is excellent and it gives you a number of views of each element, and examples of normal variation. It also manages not to leave out anything important even though it is smaller (I compared the chapters with the larger edition). But don't rely on this for exhaustive terminology; it's not meant to be a dictionary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Tarkalanova on September 30, 2008
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As far as forensic books go, it's very well-written, with good illustrations, and is very cost-efficient and easy to carry around. Aimed at field work, so the pointers (i.e. which bones are potentially confused with others) are very helpful. Could use some color and more diagrams, but for the price I paid for it, I'm not complaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Cerny on August 28, 2008
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This 'pocket' edition offers the forensic student and professional a handy and detailed field manual. The book is broken into two main sections, the beginning chapters offer an introduction to the science of forensics while the later chapters cover in precise detail the bones and their features systematically. A handy scale and comprehensive chapters on ethics, recovery and modification via animals and weathering makes this volume valuable for the archaeologist. Black and white photographs express bone topography from several angles and from the same individuals to maintain scale and morphology. The brief glossary could be expanded with definitions for basic Latin and Greek scientific terms for beginner students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. bockrath on May 25, 2012
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This book is great whether you know absolutely nothing about bones or have a basic knowledge and want to further it with more intricacies of one makeup and specifics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy 62 on January 31, 2011
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I bought this book because I was interested in forensic osteology. I absolutely loved this book. It is well written, well organized, and includes every topic. It is easy to read because it is sectioned up so nicely. It is true that this is more of a "field guide" but at the ame time it could easily be used for somebody who is simply interested in reading about the subject. I am strongly interested in this subject and am considering going into it when I start college. I was tired of reading osteology books that are created solely for the public. They don't go deep into the subject and you can't learn about the things the things that you would learn if youwere taking an actual class.

I strongly recommend this book to not only people who want to use it for school but also for citizens who want to deeply learn about human osteology.

I also want to mention the nice spine. It lies flat ona desk or table which is really nice. The water resistant cover is also a plus because it not only protects against water but you can wash off any stains or smudges(without ruining it) you get from laying the book on a lead covered desk or a food filled backback.

BTW: If your going to read this book as a non-student of this field I suggest you print out a picture of labled skeleton because it is helpful to know the bones they are talking about! lol.
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