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paleopathology, palaeopathology

Medicine. the study of diseases from former times as found in fossils and mummified remains.
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Noun1.paleopathology - the study of disease of former times (as inferred from fossil evidence)
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
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Paleopathology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2009.
Cranial anatomy, taxonomic implications and paleopathology of an Upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia : Sauropterygia) from Westbury, Wiltshire, UK, Paleontology, 55, no.
Despite this increase, the focus within Greek bioarchaeology is often on diet reconstruction, paleopathology, or migration patterns.
This research, conducted with the paleopathology department of the University of Pisa, could potentially benefit further studies in tracing the evolution of diseases that manifest in bones.
Twelve papers describe the history of Smilodon discoveries, the phylogenetic context of the sabertooth cat, killing biomechanics and tooth development in Smilodon fatalis, skull and postcranial morphology, and paleopathology research conducted at Rancho La Brea.
High points of the book include evolution of the human immune system and its relationship to archaic humans, ancient antibiotic resistance, and an integrative tale of paleopathology (this one might fit better earlier in the book).
Paleopathology of Children: Identification of Pathological Conditions in the Human Skeletal Remains of Non-Adults
Using osteobiography and paleopathology methods as well as stable isotope analysis and mass spectrometry on about 500 skeletons from the dairy-farming area, they have been able to reconstruct the group's diet, disease and overall health.
The incomplete skeleton dates back to about 1300 and, despite sounding like an unceremonious and even disrespectful send-off for a dead person, was probably a ritual burial, according to a study in the ( International Journal of Paleopathology .
These remains are currently housed in the Osteology and Paleopathology Laboratory at Indiana University, Bloomington.
It is evident that paleopathology studies rely on modern bone pathology studies and therefore need relevant bodies of data to be widely useful (Bartosiewicz 2008).