When a bone of unknown origin is found at a location, forensic implications arise immediately. Is this bone human, and if so, is it evidence of a murder? Human and Non-Human Bone Identification: A Color Atlas presents a comprehensive handbook of photographs and other information essential for law enforcement and forensic anthropologists when examining skeletal remains and determining species and body parts.
Presenting over 3000 color photographs, this atlas is a practical comparative guide to the differences among species for nearly all bones in the body. Useful in either the laboratory or the field, it features images of the types of bones that are most commonly discovered, and provides annotations pointing out salient features.
The book begins with a section on general osteology and explains the major anatomical differences between humans and other animals. It compares human and non-human bones, categorized by type of bone, and includes most of the major bones in humans and non-humans. The third section discusses non-human skeletal elements, categorized by species, and explores numerous skeletal elements within those species.
This book is also available on a fully searchable DVD: Catalog no. 62964
Includes Bones from the Following Species!
Written by Diane L. France, one of the most respected forensic anthropologists in the world, this supremely organized atlas helps those tasked with bone identification to quickly and efficiently determine the origin of discovered remains and plan the appropriate course of action.
Diane L. France
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is one of a kind. Other resources are available but none compare to thoroughness of this book, the large color pictures and helpful hints. My only complaint would be the lack of bird and reptile remains as well as the domesticated dog. There are also no good images of carpals and tarsals for non-human animals. Other than that, this book is most certainly worth the price!
Distinguishing human from nonhuman bone is a fundamental part of establishing the medicolegal significance of a set of skeletal remains and forensic anthropologists are commonly requested to make such a determination. Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification: A Color Atlas, by Diane L. France, provides a much-needed reference with many excellent color images for comparative skeletal anatomy focused on human bones and nonhuman bones that are most likely to be encountered in a medicolegal investigation. As stated in the preface, "This book is intended to give law enforcement, medicolegal investigators, forensic anthropologists, and even the general public an atlas with photographs and other information necessary for bone identification." The aim of the book is to provide comparisons of gross skeletal anatomy only and does not extend to microscopic differences. The book is divided into three major sections, including an introduction to osteology, a comparative atlas organized by bone,...
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