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The use of forensic anthropology, 2d ed.


The use of forensic anthropology, 2d ed.

Pickering, Robert B. and David Bachman.

CRC / Taylor & Francis


206 pages




Pickering, an anthropologist who helps direct the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming, and Backman, an orthopedic surgeon who is the national medical administrator for the US Postal System, explain the field to medical examiners, coroners, and other law enforcement officers who are responsible for conducting death investigations. Assuming their readers have no knowledge about how anthropologists do their work, and probably no interest in learning, they offer guidance instead on when to call a forensic anthropologist and what to expect. Their chapters include techniques for recovering skeletonized human remains, ten key questions, assessing ancestry from the skeleton, determining time since death, DNA, skeletal trauma and identifying skeletal pathology, and putting the case together. Colleagues contribute two chapters. No date is noted for the first edition.

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Date:May 1, 2009
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