Bone Histology An Anthropological Perspective
by Christian Crowder
Edition: 1st., 2012
Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective is a comprehensive look into the histological examination of hard tissues (bones and teeth). Because of their nature as hard tissues of the body, bones and teeth are of considerable importance for anthropological research. With the exception of forensic anthropology and the relatively rare cases of mummification, the physical remains of humans available to bioarchaeologists, paleopathologists, and paleontologists
are limited to skeletal material. Fortunately, the same characteristics of hard tissues that lead to their persistence after death make them a storehouse of information about biological processes experienced during the life of the individual. Unlike for the soft tissues of the body, the activity of cells involved in growth and development, tissue maintenance, and adaptation of hard tissues are encoded in their microstructure.