Skeleton Keys

Skeleton Keys

The Secret Life of Bone

Book - 2019
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Bone is as embedded in our culture as it is in our bodies. Our species has made instruments and jewelry from bone, treated the dead like collectors' items, put our faith in skull bumps as guides to human behavior, and arranged skeletons into macabre tributes to the afterlife. Switek makes a compelling case for getting better acquainted with our skeletons, in all their surprising roles. Bridging the worlds of paleontology, anthropology, medicine, and forensics, Skeleton Keys illuminates the complex life of bones inside our bodies and out.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2019
ISBN: 9780399184901
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 11, 2019

Very engaging, interesting to read, vivid descriptions. I had to take breaks to look up pictures online quite often, overall a fascinating look at biological and cultural histories of bone.

Jun 04, 2019

Brian Switek educates and entertains with Skeleton Keys. His easy writing style draws you in to his fascination with bones, fossils and the explanation of the evolution of vertebrates. Past and current are knit together with his insight into the issues of racial profiling, colonialism, and the ethics of the bone trade, which continues today. This is a worthwhile read.


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