Juho-Antti Junno


Research interests

My research interests cover a fairly large share of bioarchaeology, but my clear focus area is biological anthropology.  At present, I study the spine and its evolution, in particular. We have noticed, for example, that the structure of the spine has clearly changed during a very short period of time and we are trying to find out why: could it be because of the changed role of physical activity?

Other interests of mine include assessing the size of a body (height and weight) based on bones. I use both archaeological and primate data. I have also studied a great deal the effects of sports and other forms of physical activity on bones. I use varied data and research methods, such as archaeological bone data, data from hospitals and primate bone collections. For example, in the spring of 2015 I studied mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the birth cohort of northern Finland in 1966 (NFBC 1966), as well as analysed archaeological bones of Native Americans I studied by means of pQCT at the Smithsonian Institution.


Selected bibliography

  • Ruff C., Holt B., Niskanen et al, 2015: Gradual Decline in Mobility with the Adoption of Food Production in Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Accepted 23.4.2015
  • Junno J-A. Paananen M. Karppinen J. et al 2015: Age-related trends in vertebral dimensions. Journal of Anatomy, Accepted 11.2.2015
  • Väre T., Junno J-A., Niinimäki J. et al. 2015: Computed Tomography Of Mummified Human Remains In Old Finnish Churches - A Case Study: Mummified Remains of 17th Century Vicar Revisited. In press.  Journal of Postmedieval Archaeology.
  • Squyres N., Ruff C., Junno J-A. 2014: Forelimb and Hindlimb Articular Scaling in Cercopithecoids, Hominoids, and Modern Humans.  Am. J. Phys. Anth, Supplement, (83th AAPA) 59:62
  • Väre T., Heino M., Junno J-A. et al. 2014: Kempeleen ja Keminmaan vanhojen kirkkojen muumiot. Muinaistutkija 1:17-32.
  • Niinimäki, S. Söderling S, Junno J-A. Finnilä, M. Niskanen, M. 2013: Cortical bone thickness can adapt locally to muscular loading and age. Journal of Comparative Human Biology (Homo) 64:474-490
  • Vaneeckhout S, Salmi A-K, Junno J-A 2013: Archaeological refuse fauna in Finland: Understanding the role of bone combustion. Anthropozoologica 48:125-134
  • Niskanen, M. Maijanen, H. McCarthy, D. Junno, J-A. 2013: Application of the anatomical method to estimate the maximum adult stature and the age-at-death stature. American Journal of physical Anthropology 152:96-106.
  • Niinimäki S. Niskanen M. Niinimäki J. Nieminen M. Tuukkanen J. Junno J-A. 2013: Modeling skeletal traits and functions of the upper body –comparing archaeological and anthropological material. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. 32:347–351
  • Junno J-A. Paananen M. Niskanen M. et al 2012: Influence of physical activity on vertebral strength during late adolescence. Spine Journal. 13(2):184-189
  • Junno, J-A. Niskanen, M. Maijanen, Nieminen, M. Niinimäki, J. Tuukkanen, J. Ruff, C. 2012: Vertebral cross-sectional properties –Temporal trends and influence of physical activity. Am. J. Phys. Anth, Supplement (81th AAPA) 54:176.
  • Pachón L. Niinimäki S. Junno J-A. Niskanen M. Niinimäki J. Nunez M. 2012: The relationship between the observed body mass and the dimensions of proximal femur –A hip MRI case study. Revista Española de Antropología Física. 33:1-6.
  • Väre T, Junno J-A, Niskanen M, Niinimäki S, 2012 Osteoarthritis of knee in relation to body weight in the Västerbjers, La Torrecilla, Nunnan block and Helsinki skeletal collections. Sirpa Niinimäki, Anna-Kaisa Salmi, Jari-Matti Kuusela & Jari Okkonen eds. Stones, Bones and Thoughts. Oulu.
  • Niskanen, Markku; Ruff, Christopher; Holt, Brigitte; et al. 2012 Temporal trends and regional differences in body size and shape of Europeans from the Late Pleistocene to recent times. Am. J. Phys. Anth, Supplement (81th AAPA) 54:224
  • Junno, J-A, Niinimäki, S. Niskanen, M. Nunez, M. Tuukkanen, J. 2011: Cross sectional properties of the human radial tuberosity. Journal of Comparative Human Biology (Homo) 62/6:459-465.
  • Núñez M, Niskanen M, Kortelainen M-L, Junno J-A, Paavola K, Niinimäki S & Modarress M 2011: In Márquez-Grant N & Fibiger L eds: The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
  • Heikkilä, T. Niinimäki, S. Junno J-A. Niinimäki, J. Niskanen, M. Núñez M.2011: Computed Tomography in Aid of Osteoarcheology - A Case Study of Mummified Remains of Vicar Nikolaus Rungius. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 28:85-88.
  • Junno, J.-A. Paananen M. Karppinen J. Tammelin T. et al. 2011: Influence of physical activity on vertebral size. Osteoporosis International. 22:371-372
  • Junno J-A. Niinimäki S. 2011: Osteologia eli luututkimus. In Kallio-Seppä, Ikäheimo and Paavola eds: Iin vanhan Haminan kirkko ja hautausmaa. Arkeologisia tutkimuksia. Ii.
  • Tanska Terhi, Junno Juho-Antti, Kallio-Seppä Titta Varhainen piipunpolttaja Iistä 2011: In Kallio-Seppä, Ikäheimo and Paavola eds: Iin vanhan Haminan kirkko ja hautausmaa. Arkeologisia tutkimuksia. Ii.
  • Sirpa Niinimäki, Tiina Heikkilä, Jaakko Niinimäki, Markku Niskanen, Milton Núñez & Juho-Antti Junno, 2011 Rungiuksen muumion osteoantropologinen tutkimus. In Ikäheimo, J. Nurmi, R. & Satokangas, R. eds: Harmaata näkyvissä. 265-273. Oulu.
  • Junno J-A. Niinimäki S. Vilkama R. Heikkilä T. 2011: Luujäännösten analysointi. 2011: In Kallio-Seppä, Ikäheimo and Paavola eds: Iin vanhan Haminan kirkko ja hautausmaa. Arkeologisia tutkimuksia. Ii.
  • Niinimäki S. Chamberlain A. Junno J-A. Niskanen M. 2010: Osteological Analysis of a Medieval Shaman Burial from Kuusamo in North-eastern Finland. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 27:97-100
  • Vaneeckhout, S. Junno, J.-A. Puputti, A.-K. Äikäs, T. 2010: Prehistoric burned bone: use or refuse -Results of a bone combustion experiment. Faravid 34:7-15
  • Kallio-Seppä, T. Heikkilä, T. Heinonen, J. Junno, J-A. Kamula, K. et al. 2010: Iin vanhan Haminan hautausmaan naisvainaja CH36. Suomen Museo 2010:51-84.
  • Komeilizadeh, K . Asghari, M. Junno, J.-A. Parnianpour, M. 2010: Monte Carlo simulation of spine geometry from T12 to sacrum in males. ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA 1:813-820 
  • Niskanen, M. and Junno, J.-A. 2009: Estimation of African apes' body size from postcranial dimensions. Primates; journal of primatology 50(3):211-20
  • Kallio-Seppä, T. Junno, J.-A.  et al.  2009. Excavations at Ii Hamina discontinued cemetery - Some preliminary results and implications. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 25: 172-176.
  • Junno, J.-A. Niskanen, M. Nieminen, M. Maijanen, H., Niinimäki, J. Bloigu, R. and Tuukkanen, J. 2009: Temporal Trends in Vertebral Size and Shape from Medieval to Modern-Day. PLoS ONE. 4(3): e4836
  • Niinimäki, S., Junno, J.-A., Niskanen, M. & Nuñez, M. (2009). Ihmisjäänteiden tutkimuksen historiaa Oulun Yliopistossa. J. Ikäheimo & S. Lipponen (eds.): Ei Kiveäkään Kääntämättä, pp. 195-202. Tornio: Tornion Kirjapaino.
  • Junno, J.-A. Niskanen, M. Nieminen, M. Maijanen, H., Niinimäki, J. Tuukkanen, J. 2008: Temporal Trends in Vertebral Size. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 23 (S1):S374
  • Junno, J.-A. 2007: Archaic Homo Sapiens in the northernmost region. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 24:92-93.
  • Niskanen M. and Junno J.-A. 2006: The Reconstruction of Body Size and Shape of the Paleolithic Period Europeans. Studia Hum.Oul. 1:310-320.
  • Junno, J.-A. 2006: Early hominid mating system: challenging body size dimorphism. Studia Hum.Oul. 1:299-309.
  • Ruff C., Niskanen M., Junno J.-A. and Jamison P. 2005: Body mass prediction from stature and bi-iliac breadth in two high latitude populations, with application to earlier higher latitude humans. Journal of Human Evolution 48:381-392.
  • Junno, J.-A. & Niskanen, M. (2005). Skeletal correlates of body size in African apes: postcranial evidence. Juho-Antti Junno: The Use of Body Mass Prediction in Paleoanthropology. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Oulu. Oulu: Oulu University Press.
  • Niskanen, M. & Junno, J.-A. 2004: Paleoliittisen kauden eurooppalaisten ruumiin koko. Muinaistutkija 2:58-69.



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