2nd Edition

Bone Histology A Biological Anthropological Perspective

Edited By Sam D. Stout, Christian Crowder Copyright 2025
    688 Pages 84 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Bone Histology: A Biological Anthropological Perspective, Second Edition builds on the success of the first edition, recognizing the significant advances that have occurred in bone biology, histology, and histological techniques and methods in subsequent years. 

    Bones and teeth are of considerable importance for anthropological and related research, due to their nature as hard tissues. The physical remains of humans available to biological anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, paleopathologists, and paleontologists are, with exception to forensic anthropology, 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. This book covers important aspects of bone biology which underlie the microstructure of hard tissues that are crucial for histological analysis. This includes an overview of two major metabolic processes, bone remodelling and modelling, and their importance for understanding and interpreting bone histomorphology. Subsequent chapters apply histological methods to the biological profile, such as estimation of age and evaluation of pathological conditions that affect the skeleton, or to determine whether remains are human or nonhuman. Finally, there is a discussion of current research trends in bone histology, with a focus on technological advances in imaging and methods. Reviews of four well-documented skeletal collections—developed specifically for bone histological and imaging research—are discussed, as well as, the importance of such collections for future research. 

    Bone Histology, Second Edition has assembled a collection of contributing authors, with extensive experience and expertise in various aspects of hard tissue biology, to provide readers with an overview of the current state of research and potential applications of histological analysis in biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, and skeletal biology. It serves as a valuable resource for students, researchers, and practitioners in these and related disciplines. 

    1. Bone Remodeling and its Histomorphological Products

    Mary E. Cole, Christian Crowder, and Sam D. Stout


    2. Making the Mold: A Microstructural Perspective on Bone Growth and Mechanical Adaptation through Bone Modeling

    Corey Maggiano and Isabel Maggiano


    3. Pediatric bone histomorphology and environmental stresses

    Haviva M. Goldman and Gwen Robbins Schug


    4. Skeletal Fracture: Biomechanics and Forensic Perspectives

    Angela L. Harden, Randee L. Hunter, and Amanda M. Agnew


    5. Biomechanical Foundations of Histological Analysis in Limb Bones: The Crucial Role of Load-Complexity Categorization and Collagen Fiber Orientation Analysis when Interpreting Bone Adaptation

    John G. Skedros


    6. Histological Features of Dental Hard Tissues: Methodologies and Utilities in Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

    Christopher Aris


    7. Human vs Non-human: Bone Microstructure in Species Differentiation and Experimental Research

    Victoria M. Dominguez


    8. Age-at-Death Estimation from Bone Microstructure

    Timothy P. Gocha, Sophia R. Mavroudas, & Justin Z. Goldstein


    9. The Histopathological Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains

    Sandra Assis, Julieta Gómez García-Donas and Hans H. de Boer


    10. Histological analyses of human bone from archaeological contexts

    Susan Pfeiffer and Deborrah Pinto


    11. Skeletal Collections for Histological and Imaging Research

    Janna M. Andronowski, Joshua T. Taylor, Brian Spatola, Rita Hardiman, Natalie A. Sims


    12. Three-dimensional Microstructural Imaging of Bone: Technological Developments and Anthropological Applications

    David M.L. Cooper, Janna M. Andronowski, Xuan Wei


    13. Visualization and Interpretation of Cortical Porosity

    Mary E. Cole


    Sam D. Stout is Professor Emeritus of anthropology at The Ohio State University.

    Christian Crowder, PhD, D-ABFA is the Chief of the Human Identification and Anthropology Laboratories for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth, TX.