Craniofacial Anatomy and Forensic Identification

Craniofacial Anatomy and Forensic Identification

1st Edition - September 24, 2022

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  • Author: Gloria Nusse
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095782
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128092880

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Our bodies record what happens to us physically throughout our lives. This is illustrated by the simple appearance of scars from injuries sustained years, and even decades ago. Evidence such as scars also tells us how we used our joints or may have injured them as children and adults. Our bodies conform to the environment in which we live, both outside and inside. By examining and observing these key clues, a forensic investigator can reveal the unique character that tells the story of a person’s life and death. Craniofacial Anatomy and Forensic Identification is an atlas that covers all aspects of facial reconstruction and anatomy of the head and neck, such as facial expression and the anatomic basis for facial development, along with the effects of muscle movement. Written by a world-renowned forensic artist with decades of experience as a scientific illustrator as well as a portraitist, anthropologist, and lecturer in anatomy and biology, the author is as much a scientist as an artist.

Key Features

  • Comprehensively addresses the history o facial reconstruction, facial development, muscle movements, and bone physiology used by forensic artists and forensic anthropologists
  • Demonstrates techniques in mold making and sculpting to bring the body to life
  • Includes images from cadaver labs and recent case studies
  • Provides detailed anatomy of vessels and nerves found in the face including the eyes
  • Details the muscles, ligaments and tissues down to the skull
  • Describes the changing face as it ages


Forensic anthropologists, forensic artist, medico-legal professionals, forensic scientists. Graduate students, law enforcement agencies, and legal professionals

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction and Identity
    2. History and Research and Development
    3. Bones, Muscles, and Tissues
    4. Facial features
    5. Analysis and Interpretation
    6. Aging and Archetypes
    7. Grave Goods and Artifacts
    8. Moldmaking and Reproduction
    9. Clay work and Finishing
    10. Lefty, Exemplar

Product details

  • No. of pages: 302
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: September 24, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095782
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128092880

About the Author

Gloria Nusse

Gloria Nusse is a Scientific Sculptor with a Master’s degree in Biological Anthropology. She is also an anatomist and teaches human anatomy at San Francisco State University. She’s contributed to Forensic Art Essentials by Lois Gibson (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008) and Broken Bones: Anthropological Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma edited by Vicki Wedel and Alison Galloway. Gloria is a member of the International Association of Forensic Identification, California State Coroners Association, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her work has been featured on 48 Hours Mystery and America’s Most Wanted among other top-rated shows and publications. Her facial reconstruction work has helped to solve the identity of victims of homicide and suicide and aided in the personal identity of 16 unidentified remains. Her most recent reconstructions and publications include the reconstruction of a young man who lived 4000 years ago from Bahrain.

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Artist and Professor, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

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