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Commingled Human Remains

Methods in Recovery, Analysis, and Identification

Commingled human remains are encountered in situations ranging from prehistoric ossuaries to recent mass fatality incidents. The successful analysis of commingled remains nearly always requires consideration of multiple lines of evidence that cross the disciplinary lines of modern forensic science. The use of archaeology, DNA, and forensic anthropology are several areas that are critical in this process.

Advances in the Recovery and Analysis of Commingled Human Remains brings together tools from diverse sources within forensic science to offer a set of comprehensive approaches to handling commingled remains. The chapters cover the recovery of commingled remains in the field, the use of triage in the assessment of commingling, various analytical techniques for sorting and determining the number of individuals, the role of DNA in the overall process, ethical considerations, and data management. Case examples, such as the World Trade Center attack, will be used to illustrate techniques that were found to be successful and those that were found to be problematic. Written by experts in the field, this book will be instrumental to the forensic community, as it brings together top professionals from various organizations that routinely deal with complex commingling scenarios.


Forensic anthropologists, forensic scientists, medical examiners, coroners, first responders, paleontologists, archaeologists, osteologists, forensic professionals in law enforcement and academia, students in biological, biophysical, biomedical and paleontological sciences.

Paperback, 400 Pages

Published: January 2015

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-405889-7


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