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Osteology texts for N America
I found this on Sci.archeaology and thought of how useful it would be
>Unfortunately, books don't lend themselves to identifying bones to species
>as well as a comparative collection and experience. However, there are a
>number of identification guides that vary in usefullness. Some include:
>Schmid, Elisabeth (1972) Atlas of Animal Bones. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
> This covers Equus, Bos, Cervus, Ovis, Sus, Lupus, Ursus, Castor,
>Lepus, and humans. Fairly good if you're trying to distinguish between
>Gilbert, B. Miles (1980) Mammalian Osteology. Privately printed with
>permission of the Missouri Archaeology Society.
> Among the better guides covering a variety of non-domesticated taxa
>from North America. It used to be available from the Missouri Archaeology
>Society, although I think I saw it reprinted under a different publisher.
>If you can track down a copy, it's worth it (at least for North America).
>Gilbert, B. Miles, Larry D. Martin, and Howard G. Savage (1985). Avian
>Osteology. Privately Printed.
> Again, a good guide for birds, but hard to track down a copy.
>Cohen, Alan, and Dale Serjeantson (1986) A Manual for the Identification
>of Bird Bones from Archaeological Sites. Privately Printed.
> Decent guide for birds in the UK. The cover pages say that copies can
>be obtained from Dale Sergeantson at the Archaeology Lab, Dept. of
>Extra-Mural Studies, Univ. of London, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ.
>Hesse, Brian, and Paula Wapnish (1985) Animal Bone Archaeology: From
>Objectives to Analysis. Washington D.C.: Taraxacum.
> Has good photos of Ovis, but otherwise is more of an intro text on
>Olsen, Stanley J.(1964)Mammal Remains from Archaeological Sites: Part 1:
>Southeastern and Southwestern United States. Papers of the Peabody >Museum
>of Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 56, No. 1. Harvard University,
>Olsen, Stanley J. (1968) Fish, Amphibian and Reptile Remains from
>Archaeological Sites (with appendix on the wild turkey). Papers of the
>Peabody . . . Vol 56, No. 2.
(Me: they've got an appendix on a wild turkey?Eww..)
>Olsen, Stanley J. (1979) Osteology for the Archaeologist. Papers of the
>Peabody . . . Vol 56, Nos. 3, 4, and 5.
> The Olsen books are useful, but the graphics in the first two make
>identification from just the book quite difficult. The third one
>(Osteology...) Has decent pictures of the American Mastodon, Woolly
>Mammoth, and North American Birds. Good if you run across a Mammoth on
>As you can see, most of the "guides" are privately printed or somewhat
>obscure, and most that I know of deal with North America (a product of my
>location). You can also try veterinarian textbooks for domestica animals,
>and occassionally dissection guides. Guides to mammals in an area (e.g.,
>Rosevear's The Rodents of West Africa, or Walker's Mammals of the World)
>will sometimes give some info on the skulls/mandibles of rodents.
>email@example.com (ignore the aol address).
Betty Cunningham(Flyinggoat@aol.com)(don't ignore this one)