Introduction to Human Osteology

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Roberta Hall, Oregon State University
Kenneth Beals, Oregon State University
Holm Neumann
Georg Neumann, Indiana University
Gwyn Madden, Grand Valley State University

Pub Date: 2010

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Publisher: Grand Valley State University

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Reviewed by Elena Haymond, Anthropology Faculty, Riverland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This textbook covers all the general topics that are necessary for an introduction to human osteology, however each area is given glancing attention … read more



Reviewed by Darshana Shapiro, Part-Time Lecturer of Anthropology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, on 2/9/2017.

The text covers all of the elements of the bony skeleton and the dentition, but varies in the comprehensiveness of its coverage. For some of the … read more



Reviewed by Robert Anemone, Professor and Department Head, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

This text is not particularly comprehensive with respect to inclusion of a table of contents, index, or glossary (all are missing), but it does a … read more



Reviewed by Naomi Brandenfels, Adjunct Faculty- Anthropology, Portland Community College, on 12/6/2016.

As a short introduction this book is excellent and comprehensive. There is an easy readability to the language despite the difficulty students who … read more



Reviewed by Jonathan Calede, PhD candidate, University of Washington Department of Biology, on 8/22/2016.

This book is an introductory book. As such, it does a good job of introducing the overall morphology of bones and the vocabulary of human osteology. … read more



Reviewed by Denise Couch, Anthropology Instructor, Lane Community College, on 1/8/2016.

Book does not include a table of contents. The areas of coverage for an introductory text are very through and detailed; however, there is no index … read more



Reviewed by Dr. Michael Gualtieri, Instructor of Anthropology, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, on 1/8/2016.

While the discussions of particular functional-morphological skeletal complexes in the work are quite complete, one possible improvement might be to … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Crania
  • Chapter 2: Limbs
  • Chapter 3: Hands and Feet
  • Chapter 4: Vertebral Column and Thorax
  • Chapter 5: Pelvis and Dentition 

About the Book

This text was designed for use in the human osteology laboratory classroom. Bones are described to aid in identification of skeletonized remains in either an archaeological or forensic anthropology setting. Basic techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation are described. Both images of bone and drawings are included which may be used for study purposes outside of the classroom. The text represents work that has been developed over more than 30 years by its various authors and is meant to present students with the basic analytical tools for the study of human osteology.

About the Contributors


Roberta Hall, Professor Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University. PhD Anthropology, University of Oregon.

Kenneth L. Beals, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, Oregon State University. 

Dr. Holm Neumann is an orthopedic surgeon in Bend, Oregon. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Georg Neumann, assistant professor of zoology (emeritus), Indiana University, Bloomington.

Gwyn Madden received her PhD from University of Nevada. Bioarchaeologist with specialty in osteology, paleopathology, and mummy research. Current research focuses on excavation in Ukraine, analysis of Byzantine period skeletal remains from Jordan, and analysis of three South American mummies housed in Norway; additional research preparing Osteoware data collection system in association with the Smithsonian Institution. She teaches courses on the connection between culture and the physical body as well as general courses in anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology.