Until now, studies of dental and skeletal growth and development have often been treated as independent disciplines within the literature. Human Growth in the Past takes a fresh perspective by bringing together these two related fields of inquiry in a single volume whose purpose is to place methodological issues of growth and development in past populations within a strong theoretical framework. Contributions examine a variety of aspects of human growth in the past, drawing from both paleoanthropological and bioarchaeological data. The book covers a wide spectrum of topics, from patterns of growth in humans and their close relatives, innovative methods and applications of techniques and models for the study of growth, to estimation of age-at-death in subadults and infant mortality in archaeological samples. Human Growth in the Past will be of interest to biological anthropologists, and those in the related fields of dental anatomy, evolutionary biology, and developmental biology.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. From head to toe: integrating studies from bones and teeth Robert D. Hoppa and Charles M. Fitzgerald; 2. Heterochrony: somatic, skeletal and dental development in Gorilla, Homo and Pan Mike Dainton and Gabriele A. Macho; 3. Relative mandibular growth in humans, gorillas and chimpanzees Louise T. Humphrey; 4. Growth and development in Neandertals and other fossil hominids: implications for the evolution of hominid ontogeny Andrew J. Nelson and Jennifer L. Thompson; 5. Hominoid tooth growth: using incremental lines in dentine as markers of growth in modern humans and fossil primate teeth M. Chris Dean; 6. New approaches to the quantitative analysis of craniofacial growth and variation Paul O'Higgins and Una Strand Vidarsdottir; 7. Invisible insults during growth and development: contemporary theories and past populations Sarah King and Stanley J. Ulijaszek; 8. What can be done about the infant category in skeletal samples? Shelley Saunders and Lisa Barrans; 9. Sources of variation in estimated ages at formation of linear enamel hypoplasias Alan H. Goodman and Rhan-Ju Song; 10. Reconstructing patterns of growth disruption from enamel microstructure Scott Simpson; 11. Estimation of age-at-death from dental emergence and implications for studies of prehistoric somatic growth Lyle Konigsberg and Darryl Holman; 12. Linear and appositional long bone growth in earlier human populations: a case study from mediaeval England Simon Mays; Index.
"The editors are attempting to trigger a broader perspective on growth studies. In this vein, they are seccessful, and their broader view will expand our knowledge of our recent and more distant ancestors." Western Washington University