The correct identification of the skeletal components of the juvenile skeleton is critical to the analysis of human remains. Without such information, it is impossible to establish the number of individuals represented or to ascertain their age at death. This book is an abridged version of the award-winning Developmental Juvenile Osteology which, immediately upon publication, was acknowledged as an indispensable reference resource. This new text brings together information from the widely dispersed anthropological and medical literature. Students of physical anthropology, archaeology and forensic science will find this text invaluable to their studies. It should also prove relevant to any scientists involved in the study of human skeletal biology as well as appealing to a much wider clinical readership.
The introductory chapters deal with the provenance, source and analysis of juvenile skeletal remains and the development of bone as a tissue. The main body of the book describes each bone from its earliest embryological stage to its final mature form and is profusely illustrated with superb detailed drawings. Each section closes with 'Practical Notes' which summarizes previous information, and describes how to side and distinguish a bone from others of a similar morphology.
The book is specifically designed to be used both in the laboratory and in the field. It offers easy reference to extensive practical information on the juvenile skeleton in a concise and manageable format.
The authors are experienced anatomists and forensic anthropologists who have worked with UK police forces and the UN in war crimes investigations. In addition to medical teaching, they have undertaken many specialized workshops in juvenile osteology. They have also been involved in television documentaries, radio interviews, and newspaper articles.
Reviewer:Kirk A. McCullough, BA(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description:This book details in both text and illustrations the various aspects of developmental juvenile osteology. This follow-up to Developmental Juvenile Osteology (Academic Press, 2000) provides a book more suited to the needs of students in skeletal biology, anthropology, archaeology, and forensic science. In addition to being a more affordable book, the information is presented in a more manageable way to facilitate its use a core teaching text for the aforementioned disciplines. Compared to its parent text, this book has omitted much of the general and detailed information pertaining to the adult skeleton while retaining and, in some cases, developing the elements that made Developmental Juvenile Osteology a great resource. This change, in addition to updated content and a few new drawings, makes this an essential resource for studying the juvenile skeleton.
Purpose:The purpose is to create a more manageable and affordable book for juvenile osteology that could be used in the academic setting. From the various comments and reviews of the predecessor book, it was readily apparent that a more concise and affordable book was needed for use in the academic setting. The authors do an excellent job of fulfilling the goal of providing a book more suitable and appropriate for the student reader.
Audience:The authors do a superb job of reaching the audience students studying skeletal biology, forensic science, archaeology, and anthropology.
Features:Before jumping right into the development of the juvenile skeleton, the authors begin with a discussion about the provenance, identification, and interpretation of juvenile skeletal remains. Following this is a description of the various aspects of bone development, including different modes of formation, growth, and maturation, and a brief, general discussion of early embryologic development. Having provided the reader with a general understanding of bone development and early embryology, the authors devote the remainder of the book to describing the development of each element of the human skeleton from the early embryologic stages to final adult form. This discussion follows a logical topographic order and of note, in contrast to the previous book, includes a chapter solely devoted to dentition. As with its predecessor, this book supplies the reader with detailed and fully illustrated descriptions of bones at each critical developmental stage. By retaining all of the original illustrations of the original and providing some additional drawings, this book continues to meet the need for a wonderfully illustrated text dedicated to the juvenile human skeleton. In addition, by omitting much of the general and detailed information pertaining to the adult skeleton and restructuring the information, the authors have produced a text that is much more suitable for academic use and that allows those who need more detailed information or extensive references the ability to refer to their original text. Although the authors have done a remarkable job, my only recommendation would be to include color in some of the illustrations. There are some instances in which adding color will more adequately demonstrate what the authors are trying to describe.
Assessment:This is an invaluable reference to those training in the fields of anthropology, skeletal biology, archaeology, and forensic science. Its amazing use of detailed illustrations and descriptions satisfy the desperate need for a book dedicated solely to juvenile osteology. By providing a more manageable and affordable text, the authors have provided a solution to the problems that their previous book posed for students and have further distinguished themselves as the authors of the ultimate reference in the study of juvenile osteology.