Synopses & Reviews
Skeletal Variation and Adaptation in Europeans: From the Upper Paleolithic to the Twentieth Century brings together for the first time the results of an unprecedented large-scale investigation of European skeletal remains. The study was conducted over five years by an international research team, and includes more than 2000 skeletons spanning most of the European continent and a significant time period, from the Early Upper Paleolithic to the 20th century. This time span includes environmental transitions from foraging to food production, and small-scale to large-scale urban settlements, increasing social stratification and mechanization of labor, and climatic changes.
Divided into four sections, the book includes an introduction to the project and the methods used; a general continent-wide syntheses of major trends in body size, shape, and skeletal robusticity; detailed regional analyses, and a synthesis section of conclusions. Skeletal Variation and Adaptation in Europeans will be a valuable resource for bioarchaeologists, palaeoanthropologists, forensic anthropologists, medical historians, and archaeologists at both the graduate and post-graduate level.