PART I BACKGROUND SETTING FOR FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY.
Overview of the Field.
Education and Training.
Overview of the Book.
2 The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Historical Context.
The Somewhat Difficult Birth of a Specialty.
The Middle Years.
PART II TOWARDS PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION.
3 Initial Assessments of Skeletal Remains.
Human or Not?
Number of Individuals Represented.
4 Assignment of Sex.
Criteria for Sex Attribution in the Adult Skeleton.
Discriminant Function Analysis.
The Appendicular Bones.
Other Appendicular Elements.
Miscellaneous Axial Bones.
Attribution of Sex from the Skeletons of Children.
Figuring the Error Rate.
5 Age Estimation.
The Early Years.
Long Bone Length.
Union of Primary Ossification Centers.
The Adult Years.
Face of the Pubic Symphysis.
Sternal Extremity of the Rib.
The Auricular Surface.
Cranial Suture Closure.
Other Age Indicators.
Concluding Remarks on Adult Age Estimation.
6 Deciphering Ancestral Background.
The Biological and the Cultural.
The Biological Context.
The Cultural Component.
7 Stature Estimation.
How Tall Are You, Really?
Estimation of Living Stature from Skeletal Remains.
The Fully Method.
Stature Estimation From Long Bone Length.
Comparison of Methods.
Reporting Stature Estimates.
Correcting Stature Estimates for Older Adults.
Stature Estimates from Fragmentary Long Bones.
Stature Estimation from Short Bone Length.
Footwear and Foot Length.
8 Skeletal Markers of Activity and Life History.
Other Activity Markers.
Partial Medical History.
PART III PRINCIPAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL ROLES IN MEDICAL–LEGAL INVESTIGATION.
Blunt Force Trauma.
Penetrating and Perforating Trauma.
10 The Postmortem Period.
Estimation of the Postmortem Interval.
Has the Body Been Burned?
Ritual Use of Skeletal Material.
11 Professionalism, Ethics, and the Expert Witness.
The Expert Witness.
Standards and Credentials for Expert Testimony.
Some Practical Issues.
Science in the Courtroom: Two Unfortunate Examples.
When Good Science is not Presented.
When Good Science is Ignored.
12 Genetics and DNA.
Serology and Mendelian Genetics.
Forensic DNA Analysis.
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