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Trace Elements in Bone Tissue

Trace Elements in Bone Tissue

[Trace Elements in Bone Tissue]

Smrčka, Václav

subjects: anthropology and ethnography

paperback, 214 pp., 1. edition
published: november 2005
ISBN: 80-246-1033-7
recommended price: 375 czk

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In his unique work Václav Smrčka gives an account of his research of trace elements in fossil anthropological findings which enables him to reconstruct the history and changes in the
human diet in last 7000 years. The results of the author's research are compared to historical literary sources from the antiquity onwards. Smrčka based his research on the content of zinc, stroncium, lead and tin in bone tissue. His conclusions concern among other things the epochal changes of the human environment and the influence of trace elements on human growth.

table of contents

PREFACE
Acknowledgements
1 INTRODUCTION
2. HUMAN BONE HEALTH IN RELATION TO THE ELEMENTAL COMPOSITION OF THE SOIL IN VARIOUS GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS - the importance of geomedicine and geobiology
3. ATTAINABILITY OF ELEMENTS FROM FOOD
4. DEPOSITION OF ELEMENTS INTO BONE TISSUE
5. BASIC BUILDING ELEMENTS OF BONE
6. TRACE ELEMENTS IN ONTOGENY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF BONE TISSUE
7. TRACE ELEMENTS AND THE EUROPEAN SKELETON THROUGH 7000 YEARS
8. RECONSTRUCTION OF DIETARY TRENDS BASED ON CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF ELEMENTS
9. SOME HUMAN DIETARY PATTERNS IN EUROPE
10. CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Glossary of analytical instrumentation
Subject Index