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Forensic Anthropology Training Manual

Forensic Anthropology Training Manual - 2nd edition

Forensic Anthropology Training Manual - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780130492937

ISBN10: 0130492930

Forensic Anthropology Training Manual by Karen Burns - ISBN 9780130492937
Edition: 2ND 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Forensic Anthropology Training Manual by Karen Burns - ISBN 9780130492937

ISBN13: 9780130492937

ISBN10: 0130492930

Edition: 2ND 07

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For laboratory courses in human osteology (human skeletal anatomy) and forensic anthropology at the junior/senior level.

This manual is designed to serve three purposes: to be used as a general introduction to the field of forensic anthropology; as a framework for training; and as a practical reference tool. The text will make students aware of the challenges and responsibilities of the forensic scientist, the multidisciplinary nature of the work, and the international potential for the forensic sciences.


  • NEW - Juvenile bone and bony development information expanded.
    • Provides students with more information on a growing body of knowledge.
  • NEW - Disaster work chapter added.
    • Provides students with a thorough examination of forensics work at sites of natural and unnatural disasters.
  • NEW - Excavation of human remains chapter expanded.
    • Provides students with more thorough information on the excavation of human remains.
  • NEW - Osteological analyses discussion expanded.
  • Exceptional line drawings--Prepared by a professional scientific illustrator.
    • Provides students with realistic illustrations that draw attention to distinguishing details.
  • Straightforward, easy-to-follow writing style.
    • Trains students in the description and analysis of human skeletal and dental remains.
  • Practical applications--i.e. crime scene investigation, human rights investigations and interface with other forensic sciences.
    • Provides students with tools and techniques they will use in the field.
  • Student-friendly pedagogy integrated throughout--Concentration of vocabulary building and actual case examples.
    • Engages students with material as it presents useful information.
  • Forms, tables and formulae provided.
    • Provides students with easy to access information that they can reference when working in the field or laboratory.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

The Basic Problem--The ''Disappeared.''
Physical Evidence.
Death Investigation Specialists.
Forensic Anthropology.

2. Human Osteology.


3. Human Odontology.

Tooth Recognition.
Dental Aging.
Dentistry Terms.
Oral Disease.

4. Laboratory Analysis.

Skeletal Analysis.
Review of Analysis.
Basics of Human Identification.

5. Field Methods.

Burial Location and Scene Investigation.
The Excavation and Exhumation.
Evidence Management.
Quality Check.
Questionnaire for Families of the Missing.

6. Professional Results.

Record Keeping.
Report Writing.
Basic Ethics; Courtroom Testimony.

7. Human Rights Applications.

The Role of the Scientist.
Participants in International Mission.
Planning Scientific Missions.
Types of Missions.
Results of Human Rights Missions.
The Future.

Appendix A: Skeletal Biology, Forensic Anthropology and Criminalists.
Appendix B: Human Rights Applications.