A Laboratory Manual for Forensic Anthropology approaches forensic anthropology as a modern and well-developed science, and includes consideration of forensic anthropology within the broader forensic science community, with extensive use of case studies and recent research, technology and challenges that are applied in field and lab contexts. This book covers all practical aspects of forensic anthropology, from field recoveries, to lab analyses, emphasizing hands-on activities. Topics include human osteology and odontology, examination methods, medicolegal significance, scene processing methods, forensic taphonomy, skeletal processing and sampling, sex estimation, ancestry estimation, age estimation, stature estimation, skeletal variation, trauma analysis, and personal identification.
Although some aspects are specific to the United States, the vast majority of the material is internationally-relevant and therefore suitable for forensic anthropology courses in other countries.
1. Introduction 2. Human Osteology and Odontology 3. Examination Methods 4. Medicolegal Significance 5. Forensic Taphonomy 6. Forensic Archaeology and Scene Processing 7. Processing and Preparing Remains 8. Sex Estimation 9. Ancestry Estimation 10. Age Estimation 11. Stature Estimation 12. Individual Skeletal Variation 13. Analysis of Skeletal Trauma 14. Personal Identification 15. Miscellaneous Topics and Final Case Exercise