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Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification

A Color Atlas, 1st Edition

By Diane L. France

CRC Press

584 pages | 3336 Color Illus.

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Description

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!

Moose

Elk

Deer

Bison

Cow

Antelope

Mountain Sheep

Domestic Sheep

Llama

Horse

Bear

Wolf

Coyote

Domestic dog

Mountain lion

Bobcat

Raccoon

Badger

Skunk

River Otter

Beaver

Porcupine

Marmot

Prairie dog

Rabbit

Norway rat

Squirrel

Armadillo

Opossum

Vampire bat

Seal

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.

Reviews

… 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 … the amount of text is just right. The most important information is conveyed in a concise way that is useful for the novice and expert alike. The images of the bones are excellent … This book is an essential resource for professionals involved in medicolegal investigation who routinely deal with distinguishing human and nonhuman bone. It also has applications beyond forensic anthropology, including archaeology and comparative skeletal anatomy and should be a welcome addition to many classroom libraries.

—Dawn M. Mulhern, Ph.D., Journal of Forensic Sciences, volume 54, issue 6

Table of Contents

Introduction

What is Bone?

Overview of Skeletons of Quadrupeds and a Biped

Overview of Skeletal and Dental Growth and Development

Human-Nonhuman Bone Comparisons

Cranium

Mandible

Dentition

Scapula

Humerus

Radius

Ulna

Metacarpals

Vertebrae

Pelvis

Femur

Tibia

Fibula

Metatarsals

Nonhuman Skeletal Elements

Human (Homo Sapiens)

Artiodactyla (10 species)

Perissodactyla (1 species)

Carnivora (11 species)

Rodentia (7 species)

Xenarthra (1 species)

Marsupialia (1 species)

Chiroptera (1 species)

Marine Mammals (1 species)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
NAT001000
NATURE / Animals / General
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology