1st Edition

Comparative Bone Identification Human Subadult and Nonhuman - A Field Guide

By Diane L. France Copyright 2022
    306 Pages 1065 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    306 Pages 1065 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    306 Pages 1065 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Building on the success, and maintaining the format, of Comparative Bone Identification: Human Subadult and Non-Human (ISBN: 9780367777883), Comparative Bone Identification: Human Subadult and Non-Human – A Field Guide presents new images of human bones representing many states of maturation from neonate to 20 years old in comparison to a variety of animal species’ bones.

    Highly illustrated, the book takes a visual approach and provides full annotations pointing out salient features of the most commonly discovered bones. This includes smaller bones of fetuses and subadult humans in comparison to bones of birds, reptiles, marine mammals, fish, and a frog that human bones may most be confused with. Full-color photos provide clear examples for use by law enforcement, medicolegal death investigators, forensic anthropologists, students, and readers who wish to distinguish between human bones and those of a variety of animal species.

    The book is not intended to be an exhaustive guide to human and nonhuman skeletons. It offers myriad photos and illustrations to help aid in identification and avoid some of the more commonly confused animal bones for human. The book begins with an introduction section on general osteology and explains the major anatomical differences between humans and other animals. The second section compares human and nonhuman bones, categorized by type of bone, and includes most of the major bones in humans and nonhumans. The third section presents of radiographs illustrated documented age in humans.

    Conveniently designed for field use, Comparative Bone Identification: Human Subadult to Nonhuman – A Field Guide offers users a practical comparative guide that presents the differences among species for nearly all bones in the body. The book serves as a valuable resource of easy-to-access information to investigators and forensic anthropologists for use in the laboratory or in the field.

    Part I Introduction

     Part II Major Bones of the Body of Different Animals

    Part III Radiographs




    Dr. Diane France is a forensic anthropologist who has been recognized as an expert by multiple district courts in Colorado and Wisconsin. She taught anthropology for several years at CSU and was the director for the university’s Laboratory of Human Identification for over 20 years. She now owns and directs the Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado, an independent laboratory. In addition, she owns France Custom Casting, which provides museum quality replicas of forensic specimens and fragile originals. Dr. France was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology in 1989 and has served four terms on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, with five years as its president. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and was awarded the T. Dale Stewart Award by the Physical Anthropology section of the AAFS in 2010. She served eight years on the Board of Trustees of the Forensic Science Foundation, half of which she was its Vice Chairman. In 1989 she joined NecroSearch International, Inc., a multidisciplinary volunteer organization that assists law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and the recovery of remains and evidence from outdoor scenes. Dr. France holds a Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and both an M.A. and BA. In Anthropology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Her research interested include Forensic Anthropology, Human and Nonhuman Osteology.