Paper accepted in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society - rat bone metabolism and the island rule
I'm so happy to have received a paper acceptance email this morning confirming that the editor of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society is happy to have my Timor rat bone histology study published. This project investigated bone metabolism change with body size using an insular sample of small and giant murines from Timor island (late Quaternary). The assemblage was excavated as part of Sue O'Connor's long term project in Timor and is full of super interesting specimens. I was given permission to do invasive sampling for histology on ten femora. We estimated osteocyte lacunae densities in these samples to find that the giant murines had lower counts when compared to the small murines. We think this is evidence of bone metabolic adaptation to insularity. You can read up about the background to these wonderful creatures here:
Australasian Society for Human Biology 2019 & American Association of Physical Anthropologists 2020 meetings!
The 33rd Australasian Society for Human Biology conference just ended in Canberra and I am so happy to report that all my wonderful students did an excellent job presenting their research. Meg Walker was even awarded 1st prize for best poster presentation for her research on bone histology in an individual with a possible Klippel-Feil Syndrome, Type III.
My PhD student Karen Cooke presented the following:
Cooke KM, Mahoney P. Miszkiewicz JJ. Investigating the relationship between Type II, drifting osteons, and remodelling rates in ancient human cortical bone.
My masters student Meg Walker presented a poster and a talk:
Walker MM, Oxenham MF, Hiep TH, Nguyen TMH, Miszkiewicz JJ. Preliminary descriptions of bone histology of in an individual with a possible Klippel-Feil Syndrome, Type III from Neolithic Northern Vietnam.
Walker MM, Oxenham MF, Hiep TH, Nguyen TMH, Miszkiewicz JJ. The impact of ancestry and behaviour on bone metabolism at Mán Bạc, Vietnam.
I presented a case study from my DECRA project:
Miszkiewicz JJ, Matisoo-Smith L, Weisler M. Intra-skeletal remodelling and behaviour in an adult male from early prehistoric Marshall Islands, eastern Micronesia.
...and a little review of models within bioarchaeology and palaeoepidemiology co-authored with a colleague in my department:
McFadden C, Miszkiewicz JJ. Temporal consistency in the human response to evolving changing stimuli: bioarchaeological considerations.
I also just received an e-mail from the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists organizing committee advising that my abstract about ancient human bone health at Taumako, Solomon Islands, has been accepted for presentation in Los Angeles, CA in April 2020:
Miszkiewicz JJ, Buckley HR, Dias Guimaraes NR, Walker MM, Kiko L, Kinaston RL. Human bone health at Taumako, ca. 700 – 300 BP Southeast Solomon Islands.
ASHB2019 delegates at the ANU in Canberra, 4 December 2019: