Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology: Bonified Skeletons

1st Edition

Heather M. Garvin, Natalie R. Langley

CRC Press
October 23, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 310 Pages - 191 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781138347656 - CAT# K394910

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Summary

Through a set of unique cases presented by a diverse international group of practicing forensic anthropologists, Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology: Bonified Skeletons seeks to prepare students and professionals for future cases they may confront.

Every forensic anthropology case is unique, and practitioners are routinely faced with new challenges and unexpected outcomes. Courses and introductory texts in forensic anthropology generally present instructions for handling standard or ideal cases. In practice, however, forensic anthropologists frequently must improvise during forensic archaeological recoveries based on the environment and case circumstances. Most forensic anthropologists have encountered cases where they obtained surprising results from laboratory analyses or the results did not conform to known case information. These experiences with unconventional cases act as continuing education for practitioners, better preparing them for future encounters. By the same token, forensic anthropologists are limited in their knowledge by their experiences. For example, a forensic anthropologist in Florida will not likely know much about decomposition rates and time since death estimations in a body exposed to freezing temperatures. Likewise, a forensic anthropologist in Pennsylvania is unlikely to have encountered a skeleton exhibiting signs of shark predation.

Through the case studies presented, this book seeks to better prepare aspiring – and current – forensic anthropologists for the cases they may face. Featuring full-color photos and instructional "Lessons Learned" sections to highlight the uniqueness of each case and how it contributes to forensic anthropological knowledge and practice, Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology is a supplemental learning resource for students and professionals alike.

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