Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification: A Concise Field Guide, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification

A Concise Field Guide, 1st Edition

By Diane L. France

CRC Press

296 pages | 1257 B/W Illus.

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In Human and Nonhuman Bone Identification: A Color Atlas,Diane L. France, one of the most respected forensic anthropologists in the world, offered a comprehensive handbook of photographs and other information essential for examining skeletal remains and determining species and body parts.

Conveniently designed for field use, this compact version of the book presents the major skeletal elements from the same species as the bestselling Atlas. Focusing on the bones most often discovered in field scenarios, the book is divided into two major sections:

  • General Osteology includes major features of bone growth and development and highlights general comparisons of quadrupedal mammals to human bones. This section includes an introduction to bird skeletal anatomy and some suggestions on how to clean and preserve bones.
  • Major Bones of the Bodies of Different Animals includes most bones from the cranium to the metatarsal.

Filled with more than 1200 annotated, crisp photographs, this handy guide enables law enforcement, medicolegal death investigators, forensic anthropologists, and others in the field and in the lab ready access to the information needed to help solve the mystery of discovered bones.

Table of Contents

Part I: General Osteology

Part II: Major Bones of the Bodies of Different Animals







Metacarpals and Forelimbs

Pelvic Girdle


Tibia Fibula

Metatarsals and Hindlimbs


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical