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    Leiu HEAPOST and Karin MARK (Editors)

Estonian Academy Publishers, Tallinn University Institute of History, Tallinn, Estonia, 2014,. Hardback (in Estonian, extensive summaries in English and Russian), 542 pp, ISBN 978-9985-50-427-7

Physical Anthropology of Finno-Ugric Peoples is a book, based on the plentiful and unique but unfinished life’s work by the outstanding Estonian anthropologist Karin Mark (1922–1999). The originally unfinished work was meticulously complemented on the basis of manuscripts and brought to an end by Leiu Heapost.
The content of the book is based upon the results of anthropological data collected by Mark in 1955–1976 from Finno-Ugric peoples (Estonians, Izhorians, Finns, Karelians, Vepsians, Sami, Transcarpathian Hungarians, Mordvinians Erza and Moksha,Terjuhan, Karatai, Mari, Udmurts, Bessermen, Komi-Permiaks and -Zyrians, Mansi, Khants) populating vast territories from West Siberia to Transcarpathia, and for comparison their neighbouring Indo-European (Finnish Swedes, Russians) and Turkic (Chuvash, Tatars, Bashkirs) peoples.
The book, richly illustrated with tables, figures and photos, comprises data concerning of 40 anthropological characteristics and their analyses about approximately 13,000 individuals belonging to 133 ethnic groups representing 22 ethnicities. The work is unique by its scope and scientific reliability; it is a historical record containing anthropological data of all Finno-Ugric peoples which are comprehensively analysed in the context of Eurasia, collected within a certain time period by Mark in person by her uniform programme and methods.
The book is of interest to anthropologists, human biologists, historians, geneticists, physicians, ethnologists, geographers, natural, social, cultural scientists, philosophers, genealogists etc.

1. Earlier anthropological research
2. Material and methods
3. Ethnic and geographical variability of somatological features
4. Anthropological types and their position in the system of races

    Karina GERDAU-RADONIC and Kathleen McSWEENEY (Editors)
Oxbow Books for the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, UK, 2015, Paperback

This first volume in the series Trends in Biological Anthropology presents 11 papers. The study of modern baboons as proxies to understand extinct hominin species’ diet and the interpretation of skeletal degenerative joint disease on the skeletal remains of extant primates are presented as case studies using methods and standards usually applied to human remains. The methodological theme continues with an assessment of the implications for interpretation of different methods used to record Linear Enamel Hypoplasia (LEH) and on the use and interpretation of three dimensional modelling to generate pictures of the content of collective graves. Three case studies on palaeopathology are presented. First is the analysis of a 5th–16th century skeletal collection from the Isle of May compared with one from medieval Scotland in an attempt to ascertain whether the former benefitted from a healing tradition. Study of a cranium found at Verteba Cave, western Ukraine, provides a means to understand inter-personal interactions and burial ritual during the Trypillian culture. A series of skulls from Belgrade, Serbia, displays evidence for beheading. Two papers focus on the analysis disarticulated human remains at the Worcester Royal Infirmary and on Thomas Henry Huxley’s early attempt to identify a specific individual through analysis of skeletal remains. The concept and definition of ‘perimortem’ particularly within a Forensic Anthropology context are examined and the final paper presents a collaborative effort between historians, archaeologists, museum officers, medieval re-enactors and food scientists to encourage healthy eating among present day Britons by presenting the ill effects of certain dietary habits on the human skeleton.
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    Susan CACHEL
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2015, Paperback

Reconstructing the paleobiology of fossil non-human primates, this book is intended as an exposition of non-human primate evolution that includes information about evolutionary theory and processes, paleobiology, paleoenvironment, how fossils are formed, how fossils illustrate evolutionary processes, the reconstruction of life from fossils, the formation of the primate fossil record, functional anatomy, and the genetic bases of anatomy. Throughout, the emphasis of the book is on the biology of fossil primates, not their taxonomic classification or systematics, or formal species descriptions. The author draws detailed pictures of the paleoenvironment of fossil primates, including contemporary animals and plants, and ancient primate communities, emphasizing our ability to reconstruct lifeways from fragmentary bones and teeth, using functional anatomy, stable isotopes from enamel and collagen, and high resolution CT-scans of the cranium. Fossil Primates will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in evolutionary anthropology, primatology and vertebrate paleobiology.
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    Marie-Laure FRELUT (Editor)

European Childhood Obesity Group, 2015, eBook,

In 2014 ECOG launches a new unique world initiative: a free eBook on child and adolescent obesity intended for all those who as doctors, psychologists, physical activity specialists, nutritionists, health workers, policy makers need a clear updated set of information.
The whole book or separate chapters can be downloaded from the ECOG website for free.
Chapters are independent. A research by keywords allows finding relevant information.
All fields required to reach an in-depth understanding of child and adolescent obesity are covered in 9 chapters. In each chapter, sections help the reader to focus on points of interest:
Epidemiology & Prevention Across Europe
Society, Communication, Environment & Obesity
Growth Charts & Body Composition
Nutrition, Food Choices & Eating Behavior
Psychological Assesment & Disturbances
Clinics & Complications
Energy Expenditure & Physical Activity

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    Inessa SALIVON and O.V. MARFINA

Belaruskaya Navuka, Minsk, Belarus, 2014, Hardcover

The monograph focuses on the history of anthropological research of skeletal remains of the population living during the last millennium (II thousand. A.D.) on the territory of Belarus. The authors describe the methods of reconstruction of the physical type of the population in different historical periods. The book contains pictures of the restored image of the people who lived in different historical periods in the territory of Belarus as well as the physical types of ancient population and some anomalies and pathological changes of the skeletal system.
    Lidia TEGAKO and Eugene KOBYLYANSKY

Belaruskaya Navuka, Minsk, Belarus, 2014, Hardcover

The book highlights the main problems in dermatoglyphics, the science of the skin patterns on fingers and palms of a person. New data on practical applications of dermatoglyphic studies are presented. Among them are anthropology, genetics, forensic science, psychology, sports selection. The problems of ethno-racial dermatoglyphics are also reviewed.


Belaruskaya Navuka, Minsk, Belarus, 2015

The monograph is devoted to the scientific analysis of diverse anthropological data accumulated by the staff of the Department of Anthropology and Ecology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus upon fifty years of work. The history of paleoanthropological research of the population living in different historical periods on the territory of Belarus is described. Morphological and functional features of modern children's and adult population of the Republic are reviewed. Further, gender and age variability and local variability in genetic and morphological features are characterized.
    Inessa SALIVON and Sergei VASILIEV (Editors)

Natural Acadedmy of Sciences of Belarus, Institute of History, Minsk, Belarus, Belaruskaya Navuka, 2015
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The collective monograph is devoted to the history of paleoanthropological studies as an important source of information on the biological characteristics of ancient people based on the properties of their skeletal remains from archaeological excavations of burials of different historical periods, including those on the territory of Belarus. The methods of the study of the biological characteristics of the ancient population are described. The role of paleoanthropological data in clarifying the direction of migration flows and inter-ethnic cooperation of the population in different periods of history as one of the factors of biological variability of populations is described in the book.
The main part of the book contains information about the territorial variability of the physical type of the urban and rural population in the territory of Belarus in the Middle Ages, as well as rural groups of Belarusians at the end of XVIII-XIX centuries.


Burkhard MADEA (Editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, Hardcover

Forensic Medicine encompasses all areas in which medicine and law interact. This book covers diverse aspects of forensic medicine including forensic pathology, traumatology and violent death, sudden and unexpected death, clinical forensic medicine, toxicology, traffic medicine, identification, haemogenetics and medical law. A knowledge of all these subdisciplines is necessary in order to solve routine as well as more unusual cases.
Taking a comprehensive approach the book moves beyond a focus on forensic pathology to include clinical forensic medicine and forensic toxicology. All aspects of forensic medicine are covered to meet the specialist needs of daily casework. Aspects of routine analysis and quality control are addressed in each chapter. The book provides coverage of the latest developments in forensic molecular biology, forensic toxicology, molecular pathology and immunohistochemistry.
A must-have reference for every specialist in the field this book is set to become the bench-mark for the international forensic medical community.
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Fred H. SMITH and James C. AHERN

Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, Hardback

This update to the award-winning The Origins of Modern Humans: A World Survey of the Fossil Evidence covers the most accepted common theories concerning the emergence of modern Homo sapiens—adding fresh insight from top young scholars on the key new discoveries of the past 25 years.
The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered allows field leaders to discuss and assess the assemblage of hominid fossil material in each region of the world during the Pleistocene epoch. It features new fossil and molecular evidence, such as the evolutionary inferences drawn from assessments of modern humans and large segments of the Neandertal genome. It also addresses the impact of digital imagery and the more sophisticated morphometrics that have entered the analytical fray since 1984.
Beginning with a thoughtful introduction by the authors on modern human origins, the book offers such insightful chapter contributions as:
• Africa: The Cradle of Modern People
• Crossroads of the Old World: Late Hominin Evolution in Western Asia
• A River Runs through It: Modern Human Origins in East Asia
• Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians
• Modern Human Origins in Central Europe
• The Makers of the Early Upper Paleolithic in Western Eurasia
• Neandertal Craniofacial Growth and Development and Its Relevance for Modern Human Origins
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Oxford University Press, 2013, Hardback

This book traces the social and environmental determinants of human infectious diseases from the Neolithic to the present day. Despite recent high profile discoveries of new pathogens, the major determinants of these emerging infections are ancient and recurring. These include changing modes of subsistence, shifting populations, environmental disruptions, and social inequalities. The recent labeling of the term "re-emerging infections" reflects a re-emergence, not so much of the diseases themselves, but rather a re-emerging awareness in affluent societies of long-standing problems that were previously ignored.
An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections illustrates these recurring problems and determinants through an examination of three major epidemiological transitions. The First Transition occurred with the Agricultural Revolution beginning 10,000 years ago, bringing a rise in acute infections as the main cause of human mortality. The Second Transition first began with the Industrial Revolution; it saw a decline in infectious disease mortality and an increase in chronic diseases among wealthier nations, but less so in poorer societies. These culminated in today's "worst of both worlds syndrome" in which globalization has combined with the challenges of the First and Second Transitions to produce a Third Transition, characterized by a confluence of acute and chronic disease patterns within a single global disease ecology.
This accessible text is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students and researchers in the fields of epidemiology, disease ecology, anthropology, health sciences, and the history of medicine. It will also be of relevance and use to undergraduate students interested in the history and social dynamics of infectious diseases.
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Tim INGOLD and Gisli PALSSON (Editors)
Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, Hardcover

All human life unfolds within a matrix of relations, which are at once social and biological. Yet the study of humanity has long been divided between often incompatible 'social' and 'biological' approaches. Reaching beyond the dualisms of nature and society and of biology and culture, this volume proposes a unique and integrated view of anthropology and the life sciences. Featuring contributions from leading anthropologists, it explores human life as a process of 'becoming' rather than 'being', and demonstrates that humanity is neither given in the nature of our species nor acquired through culture but forged in the process of life itself. Combining wide-ranging theoretical argument with in-depth discussion of material from recent or ongoing field research, the chapters demonstrate how contemporary anthropology can move forward in tandem with groundbreaking discoveries in the biological sciences.
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Stanley ULIJASZEK, Neil MANN and Sarah ELTON
Implications for Public Health

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, Paperback

While most of us live our lives according to the working week, we did not evolve to be bound by industrial schedules, nor did the food we eat. Despite this, we eat the products of industrialization and often suffer as a consequence. This book considers aspects of changing human nutrition from evolutionary and social perspectives. It considers what a 'natural' human diet might be, how it has been shaped across evolutionary time and how we have adapted to changing food availability. The transition from hunter-gatherer and the rise of agriculture through to the industrialisation and globalisation of diet are explored. Far from being adapted to a 'Stone Age' diet, humans can consume a vast range of foodstuffs. However, being able to eat anything does not mean that we should eat everything, and therefore engagement with the evolutionary underpinnings of diet and factors influencing it are key to better public health practice.
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Michael HERMANUSSEN (Editor)
AUXOLOGY - Studying Human Growth and Development
Schweizerbert Science Publishers, 2013, Hardcover

This new book is a comprehensive description of human physical growth and development (Auxology) with contributions by 56 internationally reputed experts. The entire spectrum of basic and advanced information on growth tracking, growth prediction, short-term-, catch-up- and rapid growth, nutritional and social factors influencing human growth, and issues related to preventive health care, growth in ethnic minorities and migrants, and growth in developing countries is presented. The text is generously illustrated by 270 colour figures and 89 comprehensive tables. The text also introduces new mathematical approaches to growth modelling and provides practical information on how to use and interpret growth charts. Current national references for height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and head circumference for various countries (US, ARG, BRA, CAN, IND, BEL, GER, IT, NL, PL, SW, SWI, TUR, UK, WHO) are provided, as are growth references for twins, preterm infants and syndrome specific growth charts for clinical purposes.
The book is of greatest interest to all pediatricians, to medical students and students of human biology, health workers, nutritionists, medical staff and professionals interested in child and adolescent growth and development.
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Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, Paperback

This reprint of Bernard Wood's best-selling 2-volume encyclopedia is now available as a single-volume paperback. It is ideal for grad students and individual researchers wanting to purchase their own desk copy of this comprehensive work.
This comprehensive A to Z encyclopedia provides extensive coverage of important scientific terms related to improving our understanding of how we evolved. Specifically, the 5,000 entries cover evidence and methods used to investigate the relationships among the living great apes, evidence about what makes the behavior of modern humans distinctive, and evidence about the evolutionary history of that distinctiveness, as well as information about modern methods used to trace the recent evolutionary history of modern human populations. This text provides a resource for everyone studying the emergence of Homo sapiens.
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David R. BEGUN (Editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, Hardcover

A Companion to Paleoanthropology presents a compendium of readings from leading scholars in the field that define our current knowledge of the major discoveries and developments in human origins and human evolution, tracing the fossil record from primate and hominid origins to the dispersal of modern humans across the globe.
• Represents an accessible state-of-the-art summary of the entire field of paleoanthropology, with an overview of hominid taxonomy.
• Features articles on the key discoveries in ape and human evolution, in cranial, postcranial and brain evolution, growth and development.
• Surveys the breadth of the paleontological record from primate origins to modern humans.
• Highlights the unique methods and techniques of paleoanthropology, including dating and ecological methods, and use of living primate date to reconstruct behavior in fossil apes and humans.
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    Debra L. MARTIN and Cheryl P. ANDERSON (Editors)
How Violent Death is Interpreted from Skeletal Remains

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, Hardback

Every year, there are over 1.6 million violent deaths worldwide, making violence one of the leading public health issues of our time. And with the 20th century just behind us, it's hard to forget that 191 million people lost their lives directly or indirectly through conflict. This collection of engaging case studies on violence and violent deaths reveals how violence is reconstructed from skeletal and contextual information. By sharing the complex methodologies for gleaning scientific data from human remains and the context they are found in, and complementary perspectives for examining violence from both past and contemporary societies, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology prove to be fundamentally inseparable. This book provides a model for training forensic anthropologists and bioarchaeologists, not just in the fundamentals of excavation and skeletal analysis, but in all subfields of anthropology, to broaden their theoretical and practical approach to dealing with everyday violence.
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Springer Verlag, 2013, Softcover

The field of Luminescence Dating has reached a level of maturity. Both research and applications from all fields of archaeological science, from archaeological materials to anthropology and geoarchaeology, now routinely employ luminescence dating. The advent of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) techniques and the potential for exploring a spectrum of grain aliquots enhanced the applicability, accuracy and the precision of luminescence dating. The present contribution reviews the physical basis, mechanisms and methodological aspects of luminescence dating; discusses advances in instrumentations and facilities, improvements in analytical procedures, and statistical treatment of data along with some examples of applications across continents, covering all periods (Middle Palaeolithic to Medieval) and both Old and New World archaeology. They also include interdisciplinary applications that contribute to palaeo-landscape reconstruction.
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Gillian H. ICE and Gary D. JAMES (editors)
MEASURING STRESS IN HUMANS: A Practical Guide for the Field

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Paperback

The purpose of this 2007 book is to present non-invasive methods of measuring the biological responses to psychosocial stress in humans, in non-laboratory (field) settings. Following the pathways of Seyle's General Adaptation Syndrome, the text first describes how to assess the psychosocial stressors of everyday life and then outlines how to measure the psychological, behavioral, neurohumeral, physiological and immunological responses to them. The book concludes with practical information on assessing special populations, analyzing the often-complicated data that are collected in field stress studies and the ethical treatment of human subjects in stress studies. It is intended to be a practical guide for developing and conducting psychophysiological stress research in human biology. This book will assist students and professionals in designing field studies of stress.
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    Joel D. IRISH and Greg C. NELSON (editors)

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Paperback

Bringing together a variety of accomplished dental researchers, this 2008 book covers a range of topics germane to the study of human and other primate teeth. The chapters encompass work on individuals to samples, ranging from prehistoric to modern times. The focus throughout the book is the methodology required for the study of modern dental anthropology, comprising the scientific methods in use today – ranging from simple observation to advanced computer-based analyses – which can be utilized by the reader in their own dental research. Originating from the 20th anniversary meeting of the Dental Anthropology Association, this is a valuable reference source for graduate students, academic researchers and professionals in the social and life sciences, as well as clinicians.
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Caroline WILKINSON and Christopher RYNN (editors)

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Hardback

The promotion of CCTV surveillance and identity cards, along with ever heightened security at airports, immigration control and institutional access, has seen a dramatic increase in the use of automated and manual recognition. In addition, several recent disasters have highlighted the problems and challenges associated with current disaster victim identification. Discussing the latest advances and key research into identification from the face and skull, this book draws together a wide range of elements relating to craniofacial analysis and identification. It examines all aspects of facial identification, including the determination of facial appearance from the skull, comparison of the skull with the face and the verification of living facial images. With sections covering the identification of the dead and of the living, it provides a valuable review of the current state of play along with the latest research advances in this constantly evolving field.
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    Alfred Cort HADDON

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Paperback

The Cambridge anthropological expedition of 1898–9 to the Torres Strait and New Guinea, led by the zoologist and anthropologist Alfred Cort Haddon (1855–1940), marked an epoch in field methodology. This edition, published in 1924, examines some of the major physical differences between human beings that Haddon used to distinguish race, looking at skin colour, hair, stature, nose, face, and head form, and is thorough and wide-ranging in offering examples from throughout the world. He also suggests some reasons for the geographical distribution of the races. This was a new approach, though Haddon's findings are necessarily condensed here, providing a valuable work of reference rather than a full study. Forming the basis for a larger work, this book is is an important example of early scientific anthropology, while Haddon's curatorial work in the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge made this a primary centre for anthropological study and research.
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Michael H. CRAWFORD and Benjamin C. CAMPBELL (Eds)
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Hardback

Migration is a widespread human activity dating back to the origin of our species. Advances in genetic sequencing have greatly increased our ability to track prehistoric and historic population movements and allowed migration to be described both as a biological and socioeconomic process. Presenting the latest research, Causes and Consequences of Human Migration provides an evolutionary perspective on human migration past and present. Crawford and Campbell have brought together leading thinkers who provide examples from different world regions, using historical, demographic and genetic methodologies, and integrating archaeological, genetic and historical evidence to reconstruct large-scale population movements in each region. Other chapters discuss established questions such as the Basque origins and the Caribbean slave trade. More recent evidence on migration in ancient and present day Mexico is also presented. Pitched at a graduate audience, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in human population movements.
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    Cedric BOECKX and Kleanthes K. GROHMANN

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Hardback

Biolinguistics involves the study of language from a broad perspective that embraces natural sciences, helping us better to understand the fundamentals of the faculty of language. This Handbook offers the most comprehensive state-of-the-field survey of the subject available. A team of prominent scholars working in a variety of disciplines is brought together to examine language development, language evolution and neuroscience, as well as providing overviews of the conceptual landscape of the field. The Handbook includes work at the forefront of contemporary research devoted to the evidence for a language instinct, the critical period hypothesis, grammatical maturation, bilingualism, the relation between mind and brain and the role of natural selection in language evolution. It will be welcomed by graduate students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, evolutionary biology and cognitive science.
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Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, Hardback

Brand new and distinctly Canadian, Introduction to Physical Anthropology is a fresh and engaging treatment of the fundamentals of the field. Written in his trademark approachable style, author John Steckley guides students through basic concepts such as archaeological tools and dating methods; taxonomy; and evolution and genetics; before moving on to more complex issues such as the transition from hominids to modern Homo sapiens; Neandertals; human variation; ethics and migration; and forensic anthropology. Combining scientific discoveries with personal anecdotes and controversial case studies, the text exposes students to the subjective side of science and the human fallibility of scientists. Profiles of Canadian anthropologists, national research and examples, and Aboriginal material offer students a Canadian perspective on an international field of study. Rich, colourful photos exhibit a range of living species and fossil specimens, while unique pedagogical features encourage students to become active participants in their learning. Fascinating, accessible, and innovative, Introduction to Physical Anthropology is the ideal book for students new to the discipline.
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Dennis DIRKMAAT (editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, Hardcover

A Companion to Forensic Anthropology presents the most comprehensive assessment of the philosophy, goals, and practice of forensic anthropology currently available, with chapters by renowned international scholars and experts.
Presents the most comprehensive assessment of the philosophy, goals, and practice of forensic anthropology available, with chapters by a wide range of renowned international scholars and experts .
Highlights the latest advances in forensic anthropology research, as well as the most effective practices and techniques used by professional forensic anthropologists in the field.
Illustrates the development of skeletal biological profiles and offers important new evidence on statistical validation of these analytical methods.
Evaluates the goals and methods of forensic archaeology, including the preservation of context at surface-scattered remains, buried bodies and fatal fire scenes, and recovery and identification issues related to large-scale mass disaster scenes and mass grave excavation.
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Michalis KONTOPODIS,Christoph WULF and Bernd FICHTNER (Eds)
CHILDREN, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION - Cultural, Historical, Anthropological Perspectives

Springer Verlag, 2011, Hardcover

Historical anthropology is a revision of the German philosophical anthropology under the influences of the French historical school of Annales and the Anglo-Saxon cultural anthropology. Cultural-historical psychology is a school of thought which emerged in the context of the Soviet revolution and deeply affected the disciplines of psychology and education in the 20th century. This book draws on these two schools to advance current scholarship in child and youth development and education. It also enters in dialogue with other relational approaches and suggests alternatives to mainstream western developmental theories and educational practices.
This book emphasizes communication and semiotic processes as well as the use of artifacts, pictures and technologies in education and childhood development, placing a special focus on active subjectivity, historicity and performativity. Within this theoretical framework, contributors from Europe and the U.S. highlight the dynamic and creative aspects of school, family and community practices and the dramatic aspects of child development in our changing educational institutions. They also use a series of original empirical studies to introduce different research methodologies and complement theoretical analyses in an attempt to find innovative ways to translate cultural-historical and historical anthropological theory and research into a thorough understanding of emerging phenomena in school and after-school education of ethnic minorities, gender-sensitive education, and educational and family policy. Divided into two main parts, “Culture, History and Child Development”, and “Gender, Performativity and Educational Practice”, this book is useful for anyone in the fields of cultural-historical research, educational science, educational and developmental psychology, psychological anthropology, and childhood and youth studies.
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    Anne L. GRAUER (editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, Hardcover

A Companion to Paleopathology offers a comprehensive overview of this rapidly growing sub- field of physical anthropology.
Presents a broad overview of the field of paleopathology, integrating theoretical and methodological approaches to understand biological and disease processes throughout human history.
Demonstrates how paleopathology sheds light on the past through the analysis of human and non-human skeletal materials, mummified remains and preserved tissue .
Integrates scientific advances in multiple fields that contribute to the understanding of ancient and historic diseases, such as epidemiology, histology, radiology, parasitology, dentistry, and molecular biology, as well as archaeological, archival and historical research.
Highlights cultural processes that have an impact on the evolution of illness, death and dying in human populations, including subsistence strategies, human environmental adaptations, the effects of malnutrition, differential access to resources, and interpersonal and intercultural violence.
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    Dean FALK
THE FOSSIL CHRONICLES: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution

University of Calfornia Press, Hardcover, Paperback, 2011

Two discoveries of early human relatives, one in 1924 and one in 2003, radically changed scientific thinking about our origins. Dean Falk, a pioneer in the field of human brain evolution, offers this fast-paced insider’s account of these discoveries, the behind-the-scenes politics embroiling the scientists who found and analyzed them, and the academic and religious controversies they generated. The first is the Taung child, a two-million-year-old skull from South Africa that led anatomist Raymond Dart to argue that this creature had walked upright and that Africa held the key to the fossil ancestry of our species. The second find consisted of the partial skeleton of a three-and-a-half-foot-tall woman, nicknamed Hobbit, from Flores Island, Indonesia. She is thought by scientists to belong to a new, recently extinct species of human, but her story is still unfolding. Falk, who has studied the brain casts of both Taung and Hobbit, reveals new evidence crucial to interpreting both discoveries and proposes surprising connections between this pair of extraordinary specimens.
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    Wolfgang WELSCH, Wolf SINGER and André WUNDER (editors)

Springer Verlag, Hardcover, 2011

This volume is the result of a research project entitled “Evolutionary Continuity – Human Specifics – The Possibility of Objective Knowledge” that was carried out by representatives of six academic disciplines (evolutionary biology, evolutionary anthropology, brain research, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and philosophy) over a period of three and a half years. The starting point for the project was the newly emerging riddle of human uniqueness: though the uniqueness of human beings is undisputable, all explanations for this fact have successively been discarded or refuted in recent decades. There is no special factor that could explain the particularities of human existence. Rather, all human skills derive from a continuous relation to pre-human skills, that is to say, to elements that were developed earlier in the phylogeny and were later inherited. But starting from abilities that are anything but special, how could the particularity of human beings have evolved? This was the guiding question of the project. In this work we try to answer it by addressing the following problems: How strong is evolutionary continuity in human beings? How can we understand that it gave way to cultural discontinuity? Which aspect of cultural existence is really unique to humans? Can the possibility of objective knowledge be seen as a (admittedly extreme) case in point? – The answers are meant to help clarify the central issue of contemporary scientific anthropology.
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Gerhard W. WEBER and Fred L. BOOKSTEIN
VIRTUAL ANTHROPOLOGY: A guide to a new interdisciplinary field

Springer Verlag, Hardcover, 2011

This is the first textbook of Virtual Anthropology, the new science that combines elements from fields as diverse as anthropology, medicine, statistics, computing, scientific visualization, and industrial design. The book is intended for students in any of these or nearby fields within biology, medicine, or engineering and for teachers, journalists, and all others who will enjoy the many examples from our real biological world. After a general introduction to the field and an overview, the book is organized around six themes conveyed in more than 300 pages of text accompanied by hundreds of carefully annotated images: medical imaging and 3D digitising techniques, electronic preparation of individual specimens, analysis of complex forms in space one or many at a time, reconstruction of forms that are partly missing or damaged, production of real objects from virtual models, and, finally, thoughts about data accessibility and sharing and the implications of all this for the future of anthropology. The authors' emphasis is not on technical details but rather on step-by-step explanations of the wealth of examples included here, from brain evolution to surgical planning, always in light of the relevance of these approaches to science and to society. All readers are encouraged to try out the techniques on their own using the tools and data included in the Online Extra Materials resource.
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