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Forensic Anthropology

Current Methods and Practice

Forensic anthropology has become a well-developed discipline which has seen a recent expansion in depth and scope as well as increased attention from the media and the legal system.   This constantly evolving science requires a comprehensive introductory text that approaches forensic anthropology as a modern discipline, with attention to theory as well as recent advances in research, technology, and challenges in the field. 
Forensic Anthropology:  Current Methods and Practices approaches forensic anthropology through an innovative style using current practices and real case studies drawn from the varied experiences, backgrounds, and practices of working forensic anthropologists.  This text guides the reader through all aspects of human remains recovery and forensic anthropological analysis, presenting principles at a level that is appropriate for those new to the field, while at the same time incorporating evolutionary, biomechanical, and other theoretical foundations for the features and phenomena encountered in forensic anthropological casework. 
Attention is focused primarily on the most recent and scientifically valid applications commonly employed by working forensic anthropologists.  Readers will therefore learn about innovative techniques in the discipline, and aspiring practitioners will be prepared by understanding the necessary background needed to work in the field today.  Instructors and students will find Forensic Anthropology:  Current Methods and Practice comprehensive, practical, and relevant to the modern discipline of forensic anthropology.


Introductory and/or upper level courses in forensic anthropology. Also, reference for other courses involving human identification, skeletal biology or human osteology; practical guide for beginning practitioners.

Hardbound, 464 Pages

Published: January 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-418671-2


  • Author Bios
    1. Introduction
    2. Human Osteology and Odontology
    3. Skeletal Examination and Documentation Methods
    4. Medicolegal Significance
    5. Forensic Taphonomy
    6. Forensic Archaeology and Scene Processing Methods
    7. Processing and Preparing Remains
    8. Sex Estimation
    9. Ancestry Estimation
    10. Age Estimation
    11. Stature Estimation
    12. Individual Skeletal Variation
    13. Analysis of Skeletal Trauma
    14. Personal Identification
    15. Contemporary Issues in Forensic Anthropology


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