Biological Distance Analysis

Biological Distance Analysis : Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives

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Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives synthesizes research within the realm of biological distance analysis, highlighting current work within the field and discussing future directions. The book is divided into three main sections. The first section clearly outlines datasets and methods within biological distance analysis, beginning with a brief history of the field and how it has progressed to its current state. The second section focuses on approaches using the individual within a forensic context, including ancestry estimation and case studies.

The final section concentrates on population-based bioarchaeological approaches, providing key techniques and examples from archaeological samples. The volume also includes an appendix with additional resources available to those interested in biological distance analyses.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 518 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 28.7mm | 1,220g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0128019662
  • 9780128019665
  • 1,771,491

Table of contents

Section 1. Biodistance Data, Datasets, and Analytical Methods

Chapter 1. A Brief History of Biological Distance Analysis

Chapter 2. Biological Distances and Population Genetics in Bioarchaeology

Chapter 3. Craniometric Data Analysis and Estimation of Biodistance

Chapter 4. Advanced Methods in 3-D Craniofacial Morphological Analysis

Chapter 5. Cranial Nonmetric and Morphoscopic Data Sets

Chapter 6. Dental Morphology in Biodistance Analysis

Chapter 7. Dental Metrics in Biodistance Analysis

Chapter 8. Do Biological Distances Reflect Genetic Distances? A Comparison of Craniometric and Genetic Distances at Local and Global Scales

Chapter 9. Missing Data Imputation Methods and Their Performance With Biodistance Analyses

Section 2. Biodistance in a Forensic Setting

Chapter 10. Forensic Classification and Biodistance in the 21st Century: The Rise of Learning Machines

Chapter 11. Forensic Ancestry Assessment Using Cranial Nonmetric Traits Traditionally Applied to Biological Distance Studies

Chapter 12. Biological Distance, Migrants, and Reference Group Selection in Forensic Anthropology

Chapter 13. The Craniometric Implications of a Complex Population History in South Africa

Chapter 14. Complexity of Assessing Migrant Death Place of Origin

Chapter 15. Estimating Ancestry of Fragmentary Remains Via Multiple Classifier Systems: A Study of the Mississippi State Asylum Skeletal Assemblage

Chapter 16. Biological Distance Analysis, Cranial Morphoscopic Traits, and Ancestry Assessment in Forensic Anthropology

Chapter 17. Dominance in Dental Morphological Traits: Implications for Biological Distance Studies

Section 3. Biodistance and Population Studies

Chapter 18. Postmarital Residence Analysis

Chapter 19. Population Structure During the Collapse of the Moche (AD 200-850): A Comparison of Results Derived From Deciduous and Permanent Tooth Trait Data From San Jose de Moro, Jequetepeque Valley, Peru

Chapter 20. Alternate Methods to Assess Phenetic Affinities and Genetic Structure Among Seven South African "Bantu" Groups Based on Dental Nonmetric Data

Chapter 21. Crossroads of the Old World: Dental Morphological Data and the Evidence for a Eurasian Cline

Chapter 22. A Baffling Convergence: Tooth Crown and Root Traits in Europe and New Guinea

Chapter 23. Population Biodistance in Global Perspective: Assessing the Influence of Population History and Environmental Effects on Patterns of Craniomandibular Variation

Chapter 24. A Biodistance Analysis of Mandibles From Taiwan, Asia, and the Pacific: A Search for Polynesian Origins

Chapter 25. The Biocultural Evolution in the Osmore Valley: Morphological Dental Traits in Pre-Inca Populations
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Review quote

" excellent tool for both researchers who are new to the field of biodistance, and those looking to further their knowledge on available techniques and recent research questions." --Assemblage
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About A Marin Pilloud

Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, RPA, D-ABFA is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Pilloud's research is broadly focused on the application of dental morphology and metrics to answering research questions in both bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. She has active bioarchaeological research programs in Neolithic Anatolia and prehistoric California, and within forensic anthropology she is interested in the use of teeth in the estimation of ancestry. Joseph T. Hefner, PhD, RPA, D-ABFA received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2007. He is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at Michigan State University. Dr. Hefner's research interests focus on morphological variation in cranial form within and between modern human populations. In particular, he works with morphoscopic traits, parametric and nonparametric classification statistics, and machine learning methods useful for the assessment of ancestry in forensic anthropology.
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