Chapter 6. Biomechanical Analyses of Archaeological Human Skeletons

  1. M. Anne Katzenberg Ph.D.2 and
  2. Shelley R. Saunders Ph.D.3
  1. Christopher B. Ruff Ph.D.

Published Online: 9 AUG 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470245842.ch6

Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Second Edition

Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Second Edition

How to Cite

Ruff, C. B. (2008) Biomechanical Analyses of Archaeological Human Skeletons, in Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Second Edition (eds M. A. Katzenberg and S. R. Saunders), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470245842.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Author Information

  1. Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 AUG 2007
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471793724

Online ISBN: 9780470245842

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Keywords:

  • application of mechanical principles to biological systems;
  • development of skeletal biomechanics;
  • Wolff's Law and bone functional adaptation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Wolff's Law” and Bone Functional Adaptation

  • Methods for Analyzing Long Bone Diaphyseal Structure

  • Evolutionary Trends in Long Bone Robusticity

  • Variation Within Recent Human Populations

  • Variation Within Individuals

  • Conclusions and Future Directions

  • References