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Books on Osteology

Compiled by Terry Morse

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Last modified: 19 October 2008

Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species, by Mark Elbroch. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2006.

Avian Osteology, by B. Miles Gilbert. Columbia, MO: Missouri Archaeological Society, 1996.

Bacula of North American Mammals, by William Henry Burt. Ann Arbor, MI: Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, 1960.

A Guide to Post-cranial Bones of East African Animals, by Rikki Walker. Norwich, England: Hylochoerus Pr., 1985.

Human Osteology: a laboratory and field manual, 4th ed., by William M. Bass. Columbia, MO: Missouri Archaeological Society, 1995.

A Key to the Skulls of North American Mammals, 3rd ed., by Bryan P. Glass and Monte L. Thies. Huntsville, TX: Sam Houston State University, 1997. [Ordering information]

A Key-Guide to Mammal Skulls and Lower Jaws: a nontechnical introduction for beginners, by Aryan I. Roest. Eureka, CA: Mad River Press, 1991.

Mammalian Osteology, by B. Miles Gilbert. Columbia, MO: Missouri Archaeological Society, 1990.

Skulls and Bones: a guide to the skeletal structures and behavior of North American mammals, by Glenn Searfoss. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 1995.

The following two books aren't strictly about bones, but contain many illustrations of bones and skeletons:

Seals of the World, 2nd ed., by Judith King. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Whales of the World, by Spencer Wilkie Tinker. Honolulu, HI: Bess Press, 1988.

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