Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0471210064

ISBN-13: 9780471210061

Edition: 2006

Authors: Linda L. Klepinger

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With a focus on the last ten million years of human history, this book draws upon fossil records to shed light on key scientific issues, principles, methods, and history in paleonanthropology. It presents the foundations of the practical science as well as a guide to evaluation and use of the primary literature.
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List price: $144.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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Series Introduction
Background Setting for Forensic Anthropology
Overview of the Field
Education and Training
Overview of the Book
The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Historical Context
The Somewhat Difficult Birth of a Specialty
The Middle Years
Approaching Senescence?
Towards Personal Identification
Initial Assessments of Skeletal Remains
Human or Not?
Number of Individuals Represented
Assignment of Sex
Criteria for Sex Attribution in the Adult Skeleton
Pelvic Traits
The Skull
Visual Assessment
Discriminant Function Analysis
The Appendicular Bones
Other Appendicular Elements
Miscellaneous Axial Bones
Attribution of Sex from the Skeletons of Children
Figuring the Error Rate
Age Estimation
The Early Years
Dental Age
Bone Age
Long Bone Length
Union of Primary Ossification Centers
Epiphyseal Fusion
The Adult Years
Macroscopic Methods
Face of the Pubic Symphysis
Sternal Extremity of the Rib
The Auricular Surface
Cranial Suture Closure
Dental Methods
Microscopic Methods
Other Age Indicators
Concluding Remarks on Adult Age Estimation
Deciphering Ancestral Background
The Biological and the Cultural
The Biological Context
The Cultural Component
Skeletal Indicators
The Skull
The Postcranium
Stature Estimation
How Tall Are You, Really?
Estimation of Living Stature from Skeletal Remains
The Fully Method
Stature Estimation From Long Bone Length
Comparison of Methods
Reporting Stature Estimates
Correcting Stature Estimates for Older Adults
Secular Trend
Stature Estimates from Fragmentary Long Bones
Stature Estimation from Short Bone Length
Footwear and Foot Length
Skeletal Markers of Activity and Life History
Childbirth Indicators
Other Activity Markers
Partial Medical History
Medical Radiology
Principal Anthropological Roles in Medical-Legal Investigation
Blunt Force Trauma
Cranial Fracture
Hyoid Fracture
Postcranial Fracture
Child Abuse
Penetrating and Perforating Trauma
Gunshot Wounds
Sharp Injuries
The Postmortem Period
Estimation of the Postmortem Interval
Postmortem Events
Carnivore Scavenging
Has the Body Been Burned?
Bone Shrinkage
Ritual Use of Skeletal Material
Professionalism, Ethics, and the Expert Witness
The Expert Witness
Standards and Credentials for Expert Testimony
Some Practical Issues
Science in the Courtroom: Two Unfortunate Examples
When Good Science is not Presented
When Good Science is Ignored
Genetics and DNA
Serology and Mendelian Genetics
Forensic DNA Analysis
Legal Considerations
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