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Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology no. 51 Available T 19132
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

History of human population genetics and genomics in Brazil / Francisco M. Salzano -- Bioarchaeology in Brazil / Pedro Da-Gloria and Walter Alves Neves -- Contributions to the history of paleopathology in Brazil / Claudia Rodrigues-Carvalho -- Forensic anthropology and archaeology in Brazil / Sergio Francisco Serafim Monteiro da Silva -- Biological anthropology of children's growth in Amazonia / Hilton P. Silva and Lígia A. Filgueiras -- Osteological research development in Mexico / Lourdes Márquez Morfín and Patricia Olga Hernández Espinoza -- Paleopathology in Mexico / Carlos Serrano Sánchez and Abigail Meza Peñaloza -- Forensic anthropology in Mexico / Lourdes Márquez Morfín -- Biological anthropology in Mexico: biodemography and epidemiology / Edith Yesenia Peña Sánchez -- History of growth and nutrition studies in Mexico / María Eugenia Peña Reyes, Julieta Aréchiga Viramontes and Robert M. Malina -- History of human population genetics of Central America / Norberto F. Baldi and Ramiro Barrantes -- Biodemography research and the history of Central American and northwestern South American populations / Edwin Francisco Herrera-Paz -- An overview of data integration in population genetics in the Antilles Islands / Pedro C. Hidalgo -- Assessing the biological and cultural diversity of Archaic age populations from western Cuba / Yadira Chinique de Armas and Mirjana Roksandic -- The history of paleopathology in the Caribbean Archipelago / Edwin Crespo-Torres -- Biodemography of the Caribbean populations / Vanessa Vázquez Sánchez -- History of population genetics in northwestern South America / Dinorah Castro de Guerra and Sara Flores-Gutierrez -- A brief history of pre-Hispanic skeletal collections in the northern Andes of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador / Carlos David Rodríguez Flórez -- Paleopathology in northwestern South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) / Claudia Rojas-Sepúlveda and Javier Rivera-Sandoval -- Forensic anthropology in northwestern South America (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru) / César Sanabria-Medina and Hadaluz Osorio Restrepo -- Growth and development, health, and nutrition in northwestern South America / Betty Méndez-Pérez and Mercedes López-Blanco -- Population genetics in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay / Mónica Sans and Sergio Avena -- Bioarchaeology in the southern cone of South America: the Pampas, Patagonia, and Uruguay / Clara Scabuzzo, Gonzalo Figueiro, and Florencia Gordón -- South-central Andean area settlement, evolution, and biocultural interactions / Héctor H. Varela and José A. Cocilovo -- Paleopathology in southern South America: recent advances and future challenges / Jorge A. Suby and Leandro H. Luna -- The development of forensic anthropology in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay: a brief history / Luis Fondebrider -- Biodemography of historical and recent populations in the southeast region of South America / María Virginia Albeza, Noemí E. Acreche, and Isabel Barreto Messano -- Growth and development, health and nutrition in the southeast region of South America / Evelia Edith Oyhenart, Silvia Lucrecia Dahinten, and María Antonia Luis -- Conclusions / Douglas H. Ubelaker and Sonia E. Colantonio -- About the contributors.

Despite significant positive developments within topics of biological anthropology, archaeology, and related academic areas in Latin America, we noted a lack of coordination and communication among them. Available publications provide syntheses within different areas of biological anthropology, yet few have attempted integration of the distinct subfields. We decided to address the development and current issues of most major areas of Latin American biological anthropology in a single volume with chapters by distinguished, experienced scholars who live and work in Latin America, are knowledgeable about the topics, have published extensively on them, and who were recommended by specialists within six geographical regions of interest: Brazil and Northeast South America, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Northwestern South America, and Southern South America. Six subdisciplines within biological anthropology were defined for academic coverage: (1) biodemography/epidemiology; (2) bioarchaeology/skeletal biology; (3) paleopathology; (4) forensic anthropology; (5) population genetics; and (6) growth and development/health and nutrition. Although these six subdisciplines overlap to some extent, each offers a distinct history of development and currently presents unique issues to address. Chapters generally cover topics of history, state of knowledge, methodological perspective, and areas in need of additional research. Although the text is written in English, abstracts of English, Spanish and Portuguese are included--Provided by publisher.

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