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Flesh and Bone offers the reader a solid background in forensic anthropology by outlining some of the methods and procedures that best define the discipline. It introduces readers to the rapidly growing area known as forensic science, providing a comprehensive look at many of the participants in the field. The author avoids technical terminology whenever possible and includes updated photographs, charts, and illustrations to complement the text.
The book evolves sequentially, beginning with a discussion of all things forensic, the broad field of anthropology, and the process of death, decomposition, and skeletonization. Chapter Four is a photographic overview and description of the entire human skeleton for reference, followed by a variety of methods of identifying human remains, DNA analysis, and the reconstruction of biological identity. The final chapter deals with the modern application of forensic anthropology to human rights missions.
The third edition features updates to the section of DNA analysis and databases.