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Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology

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By: D Steadman

25 pages, B/w photos, figs

Prentice Hall

Paperback | Oct 2002 | #139598 | ISBN: 0130305677
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For courses in Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Science. An essential supplement to a forensic anthropology text, this reader provides case studies that demonstrate innovative approaches and practical experiences in the field. The book provides both introductory and advanced students with a strong sense of the types of cases in which forensic anthropologists become involved, as well as their professional and ethical responsibilities, the scientific rigor required, and the multidisciplinary nature of the science.


1. Introducing Forensic Anthropology, Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. I. THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND LEGAL NATURE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY CASEWORK IN THE UNITED STATES, DAWNIE WOLFE STEADMAN. 2. The Herring Case-An Outlier, Karen Ramey Burns. 3. Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Identification in Homicide Identification: A Case Study from New York, Douglas H. Ubelaker, Mary Jumbelic, Mark Wilson, and E. Mark Levinsohn. 4. Urban Anthropology: Case Studies from the New York City Medical Examiner's Office, Amy Zelson Mundorff. 5. Multiple Points of Similarity, Dawnie Wolfe Steadman and Lyle W. Konigsberg. 6. Trials in Court: The Forensic Anthropologist Takes the Stand, Kenneth A.R. Kennedy. II. SEARCH AND RECOVERY, DAWNIE WOLFE STEADMAN. 7. Case Study: Love Lost and Gone Forever, David M. Glassman. 8. Unusual "Crime" Scenes: The Role of Forensic Anthropology in the Recovery and Identification of American MIAs, Robert W. Mann, Bruce E. Anderson, Thomas D. Holland, David R. Rankin, and Johnie E. Webb, Jr. 9. The Contributions of Archaeology and Physical Anthropology to the John McRae Case, Norman J. Sauer, William A. Lovis, Mark J. Blummer, and Jennifer Fillion. III. INTERPRETATION OF TRAUMA AND TAPHONOMY, DAWNIE WOLFE STEADMAN. 10. Look Until You See: Identification of Trauma in Skeletal Material, O.C. Smith, Elayne J. Pope, and Steven A. Symes. 11. The Interface of Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology in Trauma Interpretation, Douglas H. Ubelaker and John E. Smialek. 12. Taphonomy and Time: Estimating the Postmortem Interval, Murray K. Marks and Jennifer C. Love. 13. The Skull on the Lawn: Trophies, Taphonomy, and Forensic Anthropology, P. Willey and Paulette Leach. 14. A Death in Paradise: Human Remains Scavenged by a Shark, Bruce E. Anderson, Anthony Manoukian, Thomas D. Holland and William E. Grant. IV. ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES IN FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY, DAWNIE WOLFE STEADMAN. 15. Mitochondrial DNA: Solving the Mystery of Anna Anderson, Terry Melton. 16. The Pawn Shop Mummified Skull: Discriminating Among Forensic, Historical and Ancient Contexts, Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. 17. Incidental Findings-A Father's Love, H. Gill-King. 18. Small Bones of Contention, Sam D. Stout. V. APPLICATIONS OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY, DAWNIE WOLFE STEADMAN. 19. Corpi Aquaticus: The Hardin Cemetery Flood of 1993, Paul S. Sledzik and Allison Webb Wilcox 20. Planes, Trains and Fireworks: The Evolving Role of the Forensic Anthropologist in Mass Fatality Incidences, Frank P. Saul and Julie Mather Saul 21. Science Contextualized: The Identification of a U.S. MIA of the Vietnam War from Two Perspectives, Ann Webster Bunch and Colleen Carney Shine. 22. Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights, Mercedes Doretti and Clyde C. Snow.

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Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, Ph.D. Dr. Steadman received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, SUNY, following three years as an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. Dr. Steadman serves as a forensic anthropology consultant to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and several New York agencies. Her research interests are in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. She has conducted excavations and skeletal analyses of several historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in Illinois, Iowa, and New York. Dr. Steadman is particularly interested in paleopathology, population genetic modeling of past populations, and the application of forensic anthropology to human rights investigations.

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