Forensic Anthropology (2nd Ed.)
Current Methods and Practice


Language: Anglais
Cover of the book Forensic Anthropology
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450 p. · 19.1x23.5 cm · Hardback

Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice approaches forensic anthropology through an innovative style using current practices and real 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, presenting 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 primarily on the most recent and scientifically valid applications commonly employed by working forensic anthropologists. Readers will therefore 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 comprehensive, practical, and relevant to the modern discipline of forensic anthropology.

  • Focuses on modern methods, recent advances in research and technology, and current 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
1. Introduction
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 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. Other Issues in Forensic Anthropology
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
Angi M. Christensen, PhD, D-ABFA

Angi M. Christensen is a Forensic Anthropologist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. Her primary responsibilities include conducting forensic anthropological casework and providing training for FBI agents and other law enforcement personnel, and she facilitated the development of the FBI’s Forensic Anthropology Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Forensic Science Program at George Mason University.

Angi received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (1997), and her MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN (2000 and 2003). Her research interests include methods of personal identification, trauma analysis, elemental analysis, and underwater taphonomy. She has published articles in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Forensic Science International, the Journal of Anatomy, and Forensic Science Communications.

Angi is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, a Fellow in the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology.
Dr. Passalacqua is an Assistant Professor and the Forensic Anthropology Program Coordinator at Western Carolina University. Prior to arriving at WCU Dr. Passalacqua worked as a deploying forensic anthropologist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency - Laboratory. Nicholas received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State in 2012; and was certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology in 2016.

Dr. Passalacqua is a co-founder and editor of the journal Forensic Anthropology. His research interests include age at death estimation, skeletal trauma analysis, and ethics. Dr. Passalacqua is a co-author of the award-winning textbook: Forensic Anthropology: Curren