Forensic Anthropology,
Edition 2 Current Methods and Practice
By Angi M. Christensen, Nicholas V. Passalacqua and Eric J. Bartelink

Publication Date: 14 Aug 2019

Forensic anthropology has seen a recent expansion in depth and scope as well as increased attention from the media and the legal system. This constantly evolving science requires a comprehensive introductory text that approaches forensic anthropology as a modern discipline, with attention to theory as well as recent advances in research, technology, and challenges in the field.

Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice, 2nd edition approaches forensic anthropology using current practices and case studies drawn from the varied experiences, backgrounds, and practices of working forensic anthropologists. This text guides the reader through all aspects of human remains recovery and forensic anthropological analysis. It presents principles at a level that is appropriate for those new to the field, while at the same time incorporating evolutionary, biomechanical, and other theoretical foundations for the features and phenomena encountered in forensic anthropological casework.

Attention is focused on the most recent and scientifically valid applications commonly employed by working forensic anthropologists. Readers will learn about innovative techniques in the discipline, and aspiring practitioners will be prepared by understanding the necessary background needed to work in the field today. Instructors and students will find Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice, 2nd edition comprehensive, practical, and relevant to the modern discipline of forensic anthropology.

Key Features

  • Focuses on current methods, advances in research and technology, and recent challenges in the science of forensic anthropology
  • Addresses issues of international relevance such as the role of forensic anthropology in mass disaster response and human rights investigations
  • Includes chapter summaries, topic-oriented case studies, keywords, and reflective questions to increase active student learning
About the author
By Angi M. Christensen, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, USA; Nicholas V. Passalacqua, Assistant Professor and the Forensic Anthropology Program Coordinator at Western Carolina University, NC, USA and Eric J. Bartelink, Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology and co-Director of the Human Identification Laboratory at California State University, Chico, CA, USA
Table of Contents

1. Introduction to forensic anthropology
2. Human osteology and odontology
3. Skeletal examination and documentation methods
4. Medicolegal significance
5. Forensic taphonomy
6. Forensic archaeology and scene processing methods
7. Processing, resolving commingling, and preserving remains
8. Sex estimation
9. Ancestry estimation
10. Age estimation
11. Stature estimation and other skeletal metrics
12. Individual skeletal variation
13. Analysis of skeletal trauma
14. Personal identification
15. Forensic anthropology in humanitarian and human rights investigations

Book details
ISBN: 9780128157343
Page Count: 520
Retail Price : £78.99
• Houck & Siegel, Fundamentals of Forensic Science 3e, Aug 2015, 9780128000373, $99.95

• Robinson, Crime Scene Photography 3e, Aug 2016, 9780128027684, $99.95

• Turvey, Criminal Profiling 4e, May 2011, 9780123852434, $89.95
Primary: Introductory and/or upper level courses in forensic anthropologySecondary: Reference for other courses involving human identification, skeletal biology or human osteology; practical guide for beginning practitioners