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Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Fourth Edition

by Myriam Nafte

2023, 240 pp, paper, ISBN 978-1-61163-906-3


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Flesh and Bone

An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Third Edition

by Myriam Nafte

Tags: Anthropology, Forensics/Evidence, Law Enforcement, Medical Anthropology

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202 pp  $43.00

ISBN 978-1-61163-632-1
eISBN 978-1-5310-0156-8

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Flesh and Bone offers the reader a solid background in forensic anthropology by outlining some of the methods and procedures that best define the discipline. It introduces readers to the rapidly growing area known as forensic science, providing a comprehensive look at many of the participants in the field. The author avoids technical terminology whenever possible and includes updated photographs, charts, and illustrations to complement the text.

The book evolves sequentially, beginning with a discussion of all things forensic, the broad field of anthropology, and the process of death, decomposition, and skeletonization. Chapter Four is a photographic overview and description of the entire human skeleton for reference, followed by a variety of methods of identifying human remains, DNA analysis, and the reconstruction of biological identity. The final chapter deals with the modern application of forensic anthropology to human rights missions.

The third edition features updates to the section of DNA analysis and databases.

A teacher's manual is available to professors considering this title for adoption. PowerPoint slides are available upon adoption. Download sample slides from the full 25-slide presentation here. Email for more information.

"I found this book to be a pleasure to read, and I thoroughly recommend it as an excellent text that may be used in introductory courses on the subject, or simply as an interesting volume for use by anyone who might have a personal interest in learning more about this fascinating area of study."

Roxana Ferllini, University College London, Reviews, on the first edition

"It is unique among most available books on this subject, placing forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic science. In addition to methods of skeletal analysis, the author includes sections on topics such as science and the legal system, the expert witness, chain of custody, the autopsy, and human rights and forensic science… [T]he book should be appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students who are considering careers in forensic science, as well as for forensic scientists who do not have training in forensic anthropology, and as a handy reference for people involved in law enforcement and crime investigation."

CHOICE Magazine, on the first edition

Comp Copy If you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.