Recent Advances in Forensic Anthropological Methods and Research

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October 2022
258 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5432-7 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5431-0 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Recent Advances in Forensic Anthropological Methods and Research that was published in

Biology & Life Sciences

Forensic anthropology, while still relatively in its infancy compared to other forensic science disciplines, adopts a wide array of methods from many disciplines for human skeletal identification in medico-legal and humanitarian contexts. The human skeleton is a dynamic tissue that can withstand the ravages of time given the right environment and may be the only remaining evidence left in a forensic case whether a week or decades old. Improved understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that modulate skeletal tissues allows researchers and practitioners to improve the accuracy and precision of identification methods ranging from establishing a biological profile such as estimating age-at-death, and population affinity, estimating time-since-death, using isotopes for geolocation of unidentified decedents, radiology for personal identification, histology to assess a live birth, to assessing traumatic injuries and so much more.

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taphonomy; bone proteomics; PMI; microbial decomposition; bioerosion; forensic sciences; race; ancestry; population affinity; craniofacial variation; geometric morphometrics; forensic anthropology; bioarchaeology; qualifications; expertise; knowledge; ethics; education; professionalization; standards; human identification; facial identification; CCTV; photography; forensic facial comparison; morphological analysis; FISWG; face mapping; disguises; forensic anthropology; MVC; 3D modelling; pair-matching; computed tomography; fragmentation; clavicle; DNA methylation (DNAm); epigenetic age estimation; multi-tissue age prediction models (APMs); Sanger sequencing; SNaPshot; degree of force; skeletal trauma; forensic pathology; forensic anthropology; review; evidence; opinion; likelihood ratio; Bayes’ theorem; forensic anthropology; medicolegal death investigation; forensic significance; comparative osteology; human osteology; skeletal morphology; nonhuman; human identification; frontal sinus shape; outline analysis; elliptical Fourier analysis; computed tomography; radiology; forensic anthropology; forensic science; blunt force trauma; thermal alteration; thermal fractures; forensic anthropology; age estimation; femur length; pars basilaris shape; inverse Fourier transform; geometric morphometrics; forensic anthropology; medication; drugs of abuse; biological profile; human identification; forensic anthropology; age-at-death estimation; machine learning; neural networks; n/a

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