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Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual (Special Publications of the Missouri Archaeological Society #2)

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Discusses ways to identify human bones and how to reconstruct a skeleton; useful in the forensic fields and for archaeology.
Spiral-bound, 361 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Missouri Archaeological Society (first published January 28th 1971)
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Apr 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Be aware that a 5th edition is a available.

If this book held up better, it would get a higher rating. I went through three copies of Bass as an MA student since the wire binding is wonderful at not keeping the book held together. Tim D. White's Human Bone Manual has a far superior binding.
Maegan Ellicott
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent textbook.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a textbook I read as required reading for an introductory course in Forensic Anthropology in college, I believe in either 1995, 1996, or spring 1997. Douglas Owsley and William Bass were two of the expert names that sprung up the most in the media in stories about Forensic Science at the time, in the '90s. I was pretty fascinated with the show, "CSI", which was new at the time, and I was an Anthropology undergrad, and I had been interested in criminal investigation most of my life. Sherl ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it liked it
The hip bone's connected to the thigh bone...This manual is left over from a Forensic Anthropology class I dropped in college way back in 1998, so I'm pretty sure that the edition I have is outdated. Anyway, I learned that children's bones are not fully ossified until about age 25 and that there isn't much difference between males and females (except for the pelvis) other than males generally have larger bones. This manual is just a general introduction to osteology and if I happened upon a heap ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I never had a chance to use this field manual when I was involved in Archaeology. I am probably grateful for that, in hindsight.
R.K. MacPherson
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of a handful of books I'd take on assignment. If you're looking for a solid reference, you will do no better than Bill Bass's manual.
Mary Thornell
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My textbook for Forensic Anthropology under the direction of Dr. David Glassman at Southwest Texas State University, 1986 (now Texas State).
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William M. Bass, often credited as Bill Bass, is a U.S. forensic anthropologist, renowned for his research on human osteology and human decomposition. He has also assisted federal, local, and non-US authorities in the identification of human remains. He taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and though currently retir
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