Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead

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It's said that "dead men tell no tales" — yet their bones have some interesting stories to reveal. That's what police depend on when the only clues to a crime are the bones of the victim. Then it's time to call in the "bone detectives".

Following forensic anthropologist Dr. Michael Charney step-by-step through an investigation, this book shows how a person's sex, race, age, height, and weight can be determined from studying his or her bones and teeth; how markings on bones can ...

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Overview

It's said that "dead men tell no tales" — yet their bones have some interesting stories to reveal. That's what police depend on when the only clues to a crime are the bones of the victim. Then it's time to call in the "bone detectives".

Following forensic anthropologist Dr. Michael Charney step-by-step through an investigation, this book shows how a person's sex, race, age, height, and weight can be determined from studying his or her bones and teeth; how markings on bones can be "read" to establish cause of death; how a sculptor uses clay to reconstruct a face from a skull so it can be publicized in the media and possibly recognized; and how all of this information can be used to help crack a case.

Curious young readers will revel in every eerie detail of award-winning journalist Donna Jackson's lively text and Charlie Fellenbaum's full-color photographs as they discover how these fascinating detectives help the stories behind the bones come to life.

Explores the world of forensic anthropology and its applications in solving crimes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"More than two hundred bones hold our bodies together, and each one tells a story"-right from the opening words, readers will find themselves glued to this fact-filled foray into the fine art of forensics. A real-life murder case solved through the painstaking work of "bone detectives" serves as a springboard for examining the techniques employed by forensic anthropologists in fighting crime and unraveling archeological puzzles. How a person's height, weight, sex, ethnic heritage and so on can be estimated from just a handful of bones makes for absorbing reading, and the plentiful accompanying photographs are equally intriguing. In addition to the murder case, first-time author Jackson highlights several historically significant finds-including the "Lucy" fossil, a bone fragment found at Little Bighorn, and perhaps this decade's most spectacular discovery, the 5300-year-old mummified "Iceman" found in the Alps (an artistic facial reconstruction is eerily lifelike). The handsome design and Jackson's equable presentation help tone down the grislier aspects of the subject matter. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Science lovers will appreciate this book. There are only 175 bone detectives practicing in North America who are "trained to extract the most amount of information from the least amount of bone." The book follows Dr. Charney who describes the mystery, the mental and physical processes of discovering the truth about recent murders or historic personages ranging from the Iceman to Jesse James.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Its subtitle, "How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead," nearly tells it all. Surely the first book for kids on forensic anthropology, Bone Detectives lays out the gory details of the science through reference to one specific murder case. Step by step, the clues build: first the skull, next the teeth. Finally, a skeletal sculpture is made. The victim gains a name and her murderer is apprehended. Use of the techniques for historical figures is also discussed in the conclusion. While the topic is intriguing, it might be a little scary for some younger readers.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Forensic science, literally science of the market place or forum, will be of compelling interest to young readers when Donna M. Jackson introduces them to The Bone Detectives scientists trained to gain the most information from the least amount of bone. In a dramatic example photographed by Charlie Fellenbaum, Ms. Jackson explains how detectives begin with a skull, bone fragments and remnants of clothing found in the woods and amazingly reconstruct a life-like model of a murdered woman. That reconstruction lead to the conviction of her killer. The author explains that forensic science originated in Boston in 1849 and the way bones, teeth marks, fingerprints, DNA, and even the life cycles of insects provide clues. She shows how evidence was uncovered in the cases of 3.2 million year-old Lucy, the recently discovered "Iceman" of the Alps, one of General Custer's soldiers, and Jesse James.
Children's Literature
Dr. Michael Charney guides readers through the processes that forensic anthropologists use to solve crimes and uncover facts. Each page of this book uncovers new evidence from which forensic pathologists can analyze and ascertain information. For example, Dr. Charney analyzes the bone structure of a decayed body to determine the sex of the deceased. The photographic images on each page create a vivid visual image that aids the reader's understanding of what method is taking place. Some of the pictures can be rather gruesome but are appropriate for the context in which they are used. This book guides readers through various methods that a forensic pathologist uses to solve crimes. Readers with a detective spirit will find this book very interesting, and after reading it, will likely be more conversant with the processes used by these "detectives." 2001, Little, Brown and Company,
— Louise Adams <%ISBN%>0316829617
From The Critics
Curious young readers will revel in every fascinating yet eerie detail as they follow forensic anthropologist Dr. Michael Charney through a police investigation. When the only clues to a crime are bones, it is time to call in the bone detectives. Learn how people's sex, race, age, height, and weight can be determined studying their bones, and how a sculptor uses clay to reconstruct a face from a skull. Full color photos show how these bone detectives help stories behind the bones come to life! Includes a glossary of forensic terms and diagrams of the human skeleton. Amazing stuff! 2001, Little, Brown and Company, $6.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Eye-grabbing photos and engrossing text entice readers into this grisly domain as scientists use their bone-reading skills to unearth the clues that solve crimes. A bona fide hit. (May 1996)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Beginning with an introduction to forensic anthropology and its practitioners, Jackson takes readers through a specific case and closes with a look at some very old bones-"Lucy," a 3.2 million year old fossil, and the "Iceman" among them. The featured investigation follows the journey of a partial skeleton discovered in a remote area of a Missouri camp through the hands of a team of forensic specialists to a dramatic courtroom confrontation in which the re-created face of the victim stared in eerie stillness at the accused murderer. Along the way, youngsters are treated to informative "Forensic Files" that describe methods employed by experts in their investigations, and are exposed to the wide variety of career options in this unheralded but fascinating field. Laced with eye-catching full-color photos, this readable book is a fine example of the application of scientific knowledge to the "real" world.-Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316829618
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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    Amazing!

    I teach 7th grade and have a reluctant reader who found this book in the school library. He has checked it out twice now! The shorter stories make it great for a reader who hasn't built up the stamina for longer chapters, and the pictures provide great visual support. Plus, the content is really interesting, for teens and adults.

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