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Title:
Forensic anthropology : the growing science of talking bones
Author:
Thomas, Peggy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Talking bones. c1995.
Language:
English
Contents:
Murder -- Building a science -- Forensic team -- Is it human? -- Crime scene -- Body farm -- Bug detectives --Hidden identity -- Positive identification -- It's in the genes -- Cause of death -- Face finding -- Last word -- Old bones -- Silent witness -- Bringing them home -- Appendixes.
ISBN:
9780816047314
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Book

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Summary

This fully revised volume in the Science and Technology in Focus series tells the story of how forensic anthropology came to be and how it has been used to solve some of the most notable crimes of the last 150 years. Starting with the murder and dismemberment of a prominent Boston physician in 1849 and ending with the work of today's forensic pathologists, this book covers the history, technology, and importance of this fascinating field. Actual forensic cases are included to illustrate how forensic anthropologists collect evidence, identify a victim, determine a murder weapon, and reenact the scene of a crime. Special sections highlight the importance of forensic anthropology after the September 11 tragedy. This volume features such techniques as facial reconstruction, photographic superimposition, and genetic analysis. It also delves into the use of these and other techniques as a means of helping historians and anthropologists track the development and lives of our ancestors to the dawn of civilization and beyond.


Author Notes

Peggy Thomas holds an M.A. in anthropology from SUNY-Buffalo and has experience in anthropological research, museum work, and archaeological fieldwork. Ms. Thomas is also the author of nine nonfiction books for children and young adults


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This fully revised volume in the Science and Technology in Focus set tells the story of how forensic anthropology came to be and how it has been used to solve some of the most notable crimes of the last 150 years. Starting with the murder and dismemberment of a prominent Boston physician in 1849 and ending with the work of today's forensic pathologists, this book covers the history, technology, and importance of this fascinating field. Actual forensic cases are included to illustrate how forensic anthropologists collect evidence, identify a victim, determine a murder weapon, and reenact the scene of a crime. Special sections highlight the importance of forensic anthropology after the September 11 tragedy. This volume features such techniques as facial reconstruction, photographic superimposition, and genetic analysis. It also delves into the use of these and other techniques as a means of helping historians and anthropologists track the development and lives of our ancestors to the dawn of civilization and beyond. Excerpted from Forensic Anthropology: The Growing Science of Talking Bones by Peggy Thomas All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. X
Introductionp. XI
Diogram of the Human Skeletonp. XII
Diagrams of the Human Skullp. XIII
1 Murderp. 1
September 11, 2001p. 1
The Sausage Makerp. 3
The Parkman Murderp. 6
2 Building a Sciencep. 10
The Measure of Manp. 12
A Turning Pointp. 14
Partners in Crime Fightingp. 15
War and Researchp. 18
3 The Forensic Teamp. 21
Working within the Systemp. 23
Autopsyp. 24
4 Is It Human?p. 27
Hands and Pawsp. 32
Horse Tails and Dog Bonesp. 34
5 Crime Scenep. 36
Search and Recoveryp. 37
Taphonomyp. 40
Buried Bodiesp. 42
The Forensic Response Teamp. 44
Mass Disasterp. 45
Crash Sitep. 46
The Largest Crime Scenep. 47
6 The Body Farmp. 50
Open-Air Researchp. 51
Early Postmortem Changesp. 54
Decompositionp. 55
Rate of Decayp. 57
Sight, Smell, Touchp. 58
The Biochemistry of Decompositionp. 59
7 The Bug Detectivesp. 61
Pig Researchp. 62
Insects and Deathp. 64
Collecting Datap. 67
Maggot Mathp. 70
Succession Patternsp. 71
Was the Body Moved?p. 72
Insects on a Suspectp. 73
Underwater Insectsp. 73
Bugs and Drugsp. 74
8 Hidden Identityp. 76
Living Bonep. 77
Skeletal Collectionsp. 77
Male or Female?p. 79
Age at Deathp. 82
Racep. 88
Staturep. 91
9 Positive Identificationp. 93
Occupational Traumap. 94
Handednessp. 96
Disease and Illnessp. 97
Fingerprintsp. 100
Sinus Printsp. 104
Forensic Odontologyp. 104
The Dentists of DMORTp. 106
10 It's in the Genesp. 108
In a Leicester Labp. 110
The First DNA Manhuntp. 110
DNR Profilingp. 111
CODISp. 114
From Mother to Childp. 115
Millions of Testsp. 116
11 Cause of Deathp. 118
Chicken Legs and Finger Bonesp. 120
Gunshot Traumap. 122
Blunt-Force Traumap. 123
Sharp-Force Traumap. 124
Evidence of Child Abusep. 128
Burned Bonep. 129
After the Firep. 130
The Case of the Body in the Burned-Out Carp. 131
12 Face Findingp. 134
Finding Frankp. 135
Grinner--a Face from the Pastp. 140
New Standardsp. 144
Computer Imagingp. 145
What Are the Chances?p. 147
Photographic Superimpositionp. 147
Age Progressionp. 151
Facial Image Identificationp. 153
13 The Last Wordp. 154
Anastasiap. 154
Graveyard Detectivesp. 158
The Angel of Deathp. 160
14 Old Bonesp. 164
Mummiesp. 165
Otzip. 167
The Body in the Bogp. 169
The Repatriation Actp. 171
Kennewick Manp. 173
15 Silent Witnessp. 175
A Grave at Ovcarap. 175
Crimes against Humanityp. 178
Argentinap. 179
Working a Mass Gravep. 181
A Worldwide Effortp. 183
16 Bringing Them Homep. 185
Casualty Datap. 186
Search and Recoveryp. 187
A Mountaintop Missionp. 188
The Identification Processp. 189
DNA Testingp. 193
After September 11p. 195
Appendixes
Glossaryp. 197
Further Readingp. 199
Websitesp. 200
Indexp. 201