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NCJ Number: 57116 Find in a Library
Title: ESSENTIALS OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY - ESPECIALLY AS DEVELOPED IN THE UNITED STATES
Author(s): T D STEWART
Corporate Author: Charles C. Thomas
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 317
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE HISTORY, ROLE, AND METHODS OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY ARE DISCUSSED IN A TEXT FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND PRACTITIONERS OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND FOR OTHER IDENTIFICATION SPECIALISTS.
Abstract: FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY DEALS WITH THE IDENTIFICATION OF (PRIMARILY SKELETAL) HUMAN REMAINS. BEYOND THE ELIMINATION OF NONHUMAN ELEMENTS, FORENSIC ANTHOPOLOGISTS SEEK INFORMATION ON THE SEX, AGE, RACE, STATURE, AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE INDIVIDUAL UNDER EXAMINATION. THE TEXT OFFERS A HISTORY OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES, PLUS DISCUSSIONS OF THE ROLE OF THE EXPERT WITNESS, THE HANDLING OF SKELETAL REMAINS, DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN HUMAN AND ANIMAL REMAINS, EXAMINATION OF BURNED BONES, AND DETERMINATION OF TIME AND CAUSE OF DEATH. SUBSEQUENT CHAPTERS DESCRIBE IN DETAIL PROCEDURES THAT PROVIDE FORENSIC PATHOLOGISTS WITH TWO TYPES OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: GENERAL SKELETAL TRAITS, WHICH PLACE THE INDIVIDUAL INTO A LARGE CLASS; AND SPECIFIC TRAITS, WHICH CAN LEAD TO AN EXACT IDENTIFICATION. INCLUDED ARE PROCEDURES FOR ATTRIBUTING SEX, RACE, AND HANDEDNESS; ESTIMATING AGE, STATURE, AND BODY WEIGHT; RECONSTRUCTING FACIAL LIKENESSES FROM SKULLS; AND MATCHING SKULLS AND PORTRAITS. PHOTOGRAPHS AND REFERENCE TABLES ACCOMPANY THE TEXT. A BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SUBJECT AND AUTHOR INDEXES ARE PROVIDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Bone analysis; Evidence identification; Expert witnesses; Forensic archaeology; Victim identification
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