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Human and nonhuman bone identification; a concise field guide.


Human and nonhuman bone identification; a concise field guide.

France, Diane L.

CRC Press


285 pages


Plastic Comb


Forensic anthropologist France offers a field version of her 2009 Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification: A Color Atlas. It presents the major skeletal elements from the same species as the mother volume, but in a smaller format. Not all the photographs are carried over, indeed the entire section showing all the bones from each animal together has been dropped. The first section reviews general osteology, describing major features of bone and growth and development, and comparing quadrupedal mammals to human bones. She also introduces bird skeletal anatomy here, and suggests how to clean and preserve the bone. The second section illustrates major bones of the bodies of animals in black and white. The arrangement is by bone type, such as ulna, metacarpals and forelimbs, and femur. Arrows and notes point out distinguishing features. The comb binding lies open flat.

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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