Ortner, Donald J. Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
- Sources of data for paleopathology
- Human skeletal remains and burial
- Methods of diagnosis in archeological human remains
- Diseases reported in archeological human remains
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The study of disease in the ancient past. The term paleopathology applies to any evidence of disease in any form of life, including both plants and animals. However, the research emphasis and the publications that deal with paleopathology focus largely on disease in humans and the ancestors of modern humans. Nevertheless, there is a significant literature on ancient animal disease, and research in this area of science is increasing. The following text, though, will highlight only the evidence of disease in human groups. See also: Anthropology; Disease; Early modern humans; Fossil humans
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