Advances in Forensic Human Identification

Xanthe Mallett, Teri Blythe, Rachel Berry

January 24, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 474 Pages - 132 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439825143 - CAT# K11196


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    • Presents the contributions of experts in the field, including those from the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification
    • Discusses identification from soft and hard tissues and burnt human remains
    • Examines biometric evidence for facial identification
    • Explores virtual anthropology, virtopsy, and RNA profiling
    • Reviews legal issues including admissibility of evidence and miscarriages of justice
    • Includes future considerations related to forensic science


As forensic human identification receives increased global attention, practitioners, policy makers, and students need an appropriate resource that describes current methods and modalities that have shaped today’s policies and protocols. A supplemental follow-up to Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction, Advances in Forensic Human Identification covers advances in the most well-known scientific techniques and discusses new and developing subjects and modalities of human identification.

A collection of contributions from worldwide experts, the book embraces a broad context and looks at several issues beyond physical identification of human remains or offenders. The book examines online, sexual, and biometric identities and discusses problems associated with investigative practice, such as the developing use of the Internet as a distribution and communication medium for criminal activities. It also explores miscarriages of justice that can result from flawed applications or interpretations of forensic evidence. Finally, it looks at the future of forensic science in the United Kingdom in light of financial challenges and the closure of the Forensic Science Service. Where appropriate, case studies illustrate the use of techniques and the associated problems described in the text. A supplemental CD includes images in full color.

This volume provides an important contribution to the ongoing practitioner and academic debates surrounding the application of forensic technologies. The insight presented is destined to springboard further inquiry into enhanced techniques and underlies the need for more research into the appropriate use of identification techniques to solve the mysteries of the unknown.


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