Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic And Bioarchaeological Perspectives

Hardcover | July 21, 2016

byMarin A. PilloudEditorJoseph T. Hefner

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Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectivessynthesizes 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.



  • Defines datasets and how they are used within biodistance analysis
  • Applies methodology to individual and population studies
  • Bridges the sub-fields of forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology
  • Highlights current research and future directions of biological distance analysis
  • Identifies statistical programs and datasets for use in biodistance analysis
  • Contains cases studies and thorough index for those interested in biological distance analyses

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Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectivessynthesizes 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 biologi...

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 resear...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:518 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:July 21, 2016Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128019662

ISBN - 13:9780128019665

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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 José de Moro, Jequetepeque Valley, Perú

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