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Forensic Anthropology
     

Forensic Anthropology

by Bradley J. Adams
 
Forensic anthropologists analyze skeletal remains in order to identify the deceased and determine how they died. The forensic anthropologist's investigation often serves a critical role in solving crimes. Forensic Anthropology is an in-depth look at the world of the forensic anthropologist. The book features numerous case studies and behind-the-scenes personal

Overview

Forensic anthropologists analyze skeletal remains in order to identify the deceased and determine how they died. The forensic anthropologist's investigation often serves a critical role in solving crimes. Forensic Anthropology is an in-depth look at the world of the forensic anthropologist. The book features numerous case studies and behind-the-scenes personal accounts from experienced scientists. Color photographs from actual cases accompany the text and help bring this fascinating topic to life.

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VOYA - Marilyn Brien
Teachers continually look for a hook to entice students to learn science, and these books from the oInside Forensic Scienceo series may well fulfill that goal. Crime programs on television create interest in many students who may otherwise be disengaged from science. Forensic Anthropology explains how to read a site and recover a body. Biological profiles can tell the age, sex, ethnicity, and stature of the person. Scenarios include disturbed cemetery remains, missing war casualties, and victims from the World Trade Center. DNA analysis, facial reconstruction, and x-rays can provide positive identification of the victim in some cases. The book also provides career information and integrates social science and science technology. Definitions within the text, many illustrations, and lively narrative will encourage students who might be unwilling to tackle more difficult text. These books should have broad appeal and be welcomed by teachers and students. This series also includes volumes on poisons, pharmacology, DNA analysis, and legal aspects of forensic science.
Children's Literature - Pat Sherman
The phrase "forensic anthropologist" may be as new to many adult readers as it is to teens. Though popular detective dramas have featured pathologists, pharmacists, psychologists, epidemiologists, and a wide variety of DNA analysts, none so far have highlighted the role of the anthropologist in the forensic process. Perhaps this book will encourage some future screen writer to remedy that situation. A combination of historian, archaeologist, and scientist, the forensic anthropologist is usually called in to analyze human remains well after death—sometimes years, sometimes centuries. Anthropologists have helped recover the bones of U.S. soldiers missing in action in Viet Nam and identified Native American burial sites uncovered during construction work. Today a team still sifts through the debris of the World Trade Center hoping to salvage even the tiniest traces of victims. Author Bradley Adams gives a solid overview of the terminology, tools, and techniques employed by forensic anthropologists, leavening the text with anecdotes and sidebars . Among his more intriguing characters is William M. Bass, a pioneer in the field, whose "Body Farm," (a.k.a. Anthropological Research Facility) at the University of Tennessee serves as a major training center for forensic anthropologists. Would-be sleuths who faint at the sight of blood might find digging up bones more to their liking. Certainly the stories they tell us are far from dry. Forensic Anthropology is part of the series "Inside Forensic Science," edited by Lawrence Kobilinsky for Chelsea House.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791091982
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Inside Forensic Science Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,413,365
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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