The 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2015)


Session 19. Body Mass Estimation in Biological Anthropology. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Christopher B. Ruff

March 26, 2015 , Gateway Ballroom 2 Add to calendar

Body mass is a key parameter in assessing many aspects of the biology and behavior of past individuals, populations and species, including phylogenetic and individual characterization, health status, paleoecology, encephalization, sexual dimorphism, social organization, and various life history variables.  A number of approaches have been proposed to estimate body mass from skeletal remains, each with its own requirements, assumptions, and limitations.  Researchers in different subfields of biological anthropology - primatology, paleontology, bioarchaeology, and forensics - also frequently have somewhat different aims and methodologies when reconstructing body size.  The purpose of this symposium is to bring together workers from these various subfields with a common interest in this topic, in order to identify areas of overlap, general methodological issues and possible solutions, and new techniques or applications across the full spectrum of biological anthropology.

Discussion: Brian Richmond and William Jungers
1 Add to calendar Estimating body size in early primates: the case of Archicebus and Teilhardina . Marian Dagosto, Daniel L. Gebo, Xijun Ni, Thierry Smith.
2 Add to calendar Body mass estimation in platyrrhines: Methodological considerations and fossil applications. Jonathan M G. Perry, Siobhan B. Cooke, Lauren B. Halenar, Jacqueline A. Runestad, Christopher B. Ruff.
3 Add to calendar A volumetric mass estimation technique for biological anthropology: ‘Convex hull’ scaling in modern primates and applications to fossil hominids. Charlotte A. Brassey, Thomas O'Mahoney, William I. Sellers.
4 Add to calendar Using Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines (MARS) to model body mass over time. Natalie M. Uhl, Kyra E. Stull.
5 Add to calendar African ape body mass prediction: New equations based on known-mass individuals. M. Loring Burgess, Christopher B. Ruff.
6 Add to calendar Geometric methods of body mass estimation in small-bodied hominins. Steven E. Churchill, Shilpa Sridhar, Noël Cameron, Christopher S. Walker.
7 Add to calendar The effects of hip joint loading on body mass estimation in early hominins. Christopher B. Ruff.
8 Add to calendar Bone volume, skeletal weight and body mass in Homo sapiens and the Sima de los Huesos hominins. Laura Rodriguez, Jose Miguel Carretero, Rebeca García-González, Juan Luis Arsuaga.
9 Add to calendar Body Mass Estimation from Knee Dimensions in Hominins. Nicole Squyres, Chris Ruff.
10 Add to calendar Estimating variance in femoral head size against body mass estimation: implications for evolution and integration. Benjamin M. Auerbach.
11 Add to calendar Estimating body mass from post-cranial remains: an evaluation using a large known-mass sample of modern humans. Marina C. Elliott, Helen Kurki, Darlene A. Weston, Mark Collard.
12 Add to calendar Can we refine body mass estimations based on femoral head breadth?. Markku Niskanen, Chris Ruff, Brigitte Holt, Vladimir Sladek, Margit Berner, Juho-Antti Junno, Heli Maijanen.
13 Add to calendar Juvenile body mass estimation: Challenges, issues, and new directions. Libby W. Cowgill.
14 Add to calendar The effect of age on body mass estimation using the stature/bi-iliac method. Juho-Antti Junno, Markku Niskanen, Chris Ruff, Brigitte Holt, Vladimir Sladek, Margit Berner, Heli Maijanen.
15 Add to calendar Body Mass in Forensic Anthropology: Can it be Estimated?. Ann Ross, Jessica Alleyn.
16 Add to calendar Body Mass Estimation from Pelvic and Femoral Variation Among Modern British Women of Known Mass. M. B. W. Young, K. Poole, F. Johannesdottir, J. T. Stock, C. N. Shaw.
17 Add to calendar Potential caveats in body mass estimation: comparison of reported living and measured cadaver weight. Heli Maijanen, Yangseung Jeong.
18 Add to calendar Testing the cylindrical model for weight reconstruction - the effects of fat mass, lean mass, and body proportions. Sirpa TJ. Niinimäki, Markku EW. Niskanen.