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Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

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Flesh and Bone offers the reader a solid background in forensic anthropology by out-lining some of the methods and procedures that best define the discipline. It introduces readers to the rapidly growing area known as forensic science, providing a comprehensive look at many of the participants in the field. Nafte avoids technical terminology whenever possible and includes updated photographs, charts, and illustrations to complement the text. The book evolves sequentially, beginning with a discussion of all things forensic, the broad field of anthropology, and the process of death, decomposition, and skeletonization. Chapter four is a photographic overview and description of the entire human skeleton for reference, followed by a variety of methods of identifying human remains, DNA analysis, and the reconstruction of biological identity. The final chapter deals with the modern application of forensic anthropology to human rights missions. This second edition will feature many new photos as well as updated information on DNA databases, electronics in the lab, and police services.

Book News Annotation:

Forensic anthropology is a popular subject in fiction, film and television series. In this second edition of her introduction to the field, anthropologist Nafte explains the background and procedures involved in the identification of bodies, especially skeletal remains, as well as determining the cause of death. She gives a review of the bones in a human body, showing how they compare to animal bones. She also shows sex and race differences at the skeletal level. The recognition of different wounds is summarized (although the hammer stuck in the skull is rather obvious). Nafte also demonstrates how faces are reconstructed along with other methods of identifying remains. The role of forensic anthropology in cases of mass murders, genocides and other human rights violations concludes the book. This work is intended to inform those in peripheral occupations, such as police officers, or to enlighten those curious about the reality behind the fiction. Many of the photos are graphic. While specific case studies are not given, Nafte wants the reader to remember that all the pieces of bone and flesh were once people. The poignant dedication of the book to an eleven year old child who died under mysterious circumstances drives this home. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594603006
Author:
Nafte, Myriam
Publisher:
Carolina Academic Press
Subject:
Social Science : Anthropology - General
Subject:
Social Science : Criminology
Subject:
Law : Forensic Science
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
SU
Language:
English

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