Paleohistology and the study of human remains: past, present and future approaches

Sandra Assis, Ana Luísa Santos, Anne Keenleyside

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The invention of the microscope revolutionized
the course of human knowledge. This instrument changed the
face of science and of previous beliefs, expanded the horizons
of knowledge, and challenged philosophical and scientific
thought, especially in the field of natural sciences and
medicine. In the domain of bioarchaeology, the introduction
of histological techniques was important; not only to identify
body tissues and to diagnose diseases in mummified remains,
but also to understand bone and teeth microstructure, and associated
patterns of response to environmental constraints.
In this paper a critical review of the major contributions of
histology to the growing body of knowledge in paleopathology
and bioarchaeology will be presented, focusing on the
current multiple applications of microscopy, its limitations,
and its future challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalRevista Argentina de Antropologia Biológica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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