Building Bones

Building Bones: Bone formation and development in anthropology


Percival, CJ and JT Richtsmeier (Eds) 2017
Cambridge Univ Press 320 pgs. ISBN: 9781316388907

Bone is the tissue most usually recovered archaeologically and is the material most
commonly studied by biological anthropologists, who are interested in how skeletons change
shape during growth and across evolutionary time. This volume brings together a range of
contemporary studies of bone growth and development to highlight how cross-disciplinary
research and new methods can enhance our anthropological understanding of skeletal
variation. The novel use of imaging techniques from developmental biology, advanced
sequencing methods from genetics, and perspectives from evolutionary developmental
biology improve our ability to understand the bases of modern human and primate variation.
Animal models can also be used to provide a broad biological perspective to the systematic
study of humans. This volume is a testament to the drive of anthropologists to understand
biological and evolutionary processes that underlie changes in bone morphology and
illustrates the continued value of incorporating multiple perspectives within anthropological