Hard evidence : case studies in forensic anthropology
- edited by Dawnie Wolfe Steadman.
- Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2009.
- 2nd ed.
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An essential supplement to a forensic anthropology text, this reader provides case studies that demonstrate innovative approaches and practical experiences in the field. The book provides both introductory and advanced students with a strong sense of the cases that forensic anthropologists become involved, along with their professional and ethical responsibilities, the scientific rigor required, and the multidisciplinary nature of the science. For courses in Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Science.
- Hard Evidence, 2 nd ed
- Section I Personal Identification : Theory and Applications
- Chapter 1 The Marty Miller Case: Introducing Forensic Anthropology
- Chapter 2 Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Identification in Homicide Investigation: A Case Study from New York
- Chapter 3 The Herring Casendash;An Outlier
- Chapter 4 An Incidental Finding
- Chapter 5 Science Contextualized: The Identification of a U.S. MIA of the Vietnam War from Two Perspectives
- Section II Legal Considerations of Forensic Anthropology Casework in the United States
- Chapter 6 Multiple Points of Similarity
- Chapter 7 The Influence of the Daubert Guidelines on Anthropological Methods of Scientific Identification in the Medical Examiner Setting
- Chapter 8 A Forensic Analysis of Human Remains from a Historic Conflict in North Dakota
- Section III Applications of Archaeology
- Chapter 9 Love Lost and Gone Forever
- Chapter 10 The Contributions of Archaeology and Physical Anthropology to the John McRae Case
- Chapter 11 Unusual ldquo;Crimerdquo; Scenes: The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Recovering and Identifying American MIAs p. 108
Nearly twenty years ago, Ted Rathbun and Jane Buikstra published a seminal book,Human Identification: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology,with the notion that forensic anthropologists learn best by sharing case studies. The volume was oriented to their professional colleagues, as the field was little known within the general population. However, case studies made the science easily understandable and the book was therefore attractive to college students and lay people alike. Over the past decade, this accessibility, as well as tremendous media interest in the forensic sciences, has catapulted forensic anthropology out of relative obscurity. In addition to prime time programming, cable television currently offers a daily dose of "forensic detective" programs that frequently highlight forensic anthropology. The popularity of fictional books-including novels by Patricia Cornwell, who often features anthropology, and novels by Kathleen Reichs, a practicing forensic anthropologist whose female protagonist shares her chosen career path-has further thrust the discipline into the public light. Eminent professional forensic anthropologists have also written tomes about their most interesting cases in a manner accessible to scientists and nonscientists alike. The net result is that forensic anthropology is now much more visible on the popular landscape and, most important, in college curricula. Though two decades have passed sinceHuman Identificationwas published, case studies remain at the core of information dissemination among forensic scientists. Not only do case studies demonstrate how formal procedures are implemented and followed, but they also give authors the opportunity to discuss technical and interpretive difficulties they have encountered in the investigative process. The purpose ofHard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropologyis to supplement formal forensic anthropology and osteology texts and manuals with high-quality case studies that demonstrate practical experiences and innovations in the field. While textbooks provide specific methodological and theoretical information imperative to a basic understanding of the subject matter, there is often little opportunity to present a satisfactory number of pertinent case studies that illustrate important points. This book will give introductory and advanced biological anthropology students a strong sense of the scope of forensic anthropological casework in the United States, the professional and ethical responsibilities inherent in forensics, the scientific rigor required, and the multidisciplinary nature of forensic science. Personal identification is the cornerstone of forensic anthropology, and the importance of case reports that include appropriate, well-documented identification methods cannot be overemphasized. However, numerous methodological and technical advances have allowed forensic anthropologists to expand their knowledge beyond traditional roles to make a greater contribution to the forensic sciences. Many forensic anthropologists are well-versed in archaeology, histology, radiology, biomechanics, or odontology, while others have gained significant experience in medicolegal and international policy and procedures. Consequently, forensic anthropologists are now regular members of local search and recovery teams, federal mass disaster response units, and international human rights missions. Forensic anthropologists also facilitate teamwork with other forensic specialists, particularly forensic entomologists, geologists, and botanists, and have strengthened their time-honored partnership with forensic pathologists. Thus, the cases herein capture the spirit of traditional forensic anthropology cases and highlight some of the new skills and opportunities that have helped steer the discipline in new directions. This book is divided into sections that demonstrate the broad scope of modern forensic anthro Excerpted from Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology by Dawnie Wolfe Steadman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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- Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2009.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- xxiv, 336 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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- Case studies
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- Other Identifiers
- LCCN: 2008047568