6th Edition

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

By Steven N. Byers, Chelsey A. Juarez Copyright 2023
    466 Pages 330 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    466 Pages 330 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Introduction to Forensic Anthropology provides comprehensive coverage of key methods and issues in forensic anthropology. Using terminology and best practices recommended by the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH) and the Anthropology Consensus Body of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI/ACB), it introduces students to all the major topics in the field, with material ranging from the attribution of ancestry and sex, to various forms of bone trauma, to identification through radiography.

    This fully updated, sixth edition incorporates new and improved methods, new data and worked examples from North America and across the globe. It also includes a new discussion on probabilities and centiles, increased emphasis on quantification of error rates of both old and new methods, an updated ancestry chapter, and updated URLs with free software to calculate various characteristics.

    This is a self-contained textbook that is ideal for a lower-division college-level class for non-majors and majors alike. 

    This accessible and engaging text offers an array of features to support teaching and learning, including:

    • boxed case studies
    • extensive figures and photographs
    • chapter summaries and student exercises
    • a glossary of terms
    • additional reading lists
    • critical resources
    • hands-on application for students when used with accompanying lab manual
    • further instructor and student resources via a companion website: https://routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9781032255590/.

    1. Introduction   2. Bones, Teeth, Measurements, and Methods  3. Establishing Medicolegal Significance  4. Recovery Scene Methods  5. Estimating Postmortem Interval  6. Initial Treatment and Examination  7. Attribution of Population Affinity  8. Attribution of Sex  9. Estimation of Age at Death  10. Calculation of Stature  11. Death, Trauma, and the Skeleton  12. Projectile Trauma  13. Blunt Trauma  14. Sharp and Miscellaneous Trauma  15. Antemortem Skeletal Conditions  16. Postmortem Changes to Bone  17. Additional Aspects of Individualization  18. Obtaining an Identification  19. Conclusion 


    Steven N. Byers has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (UNM), U.S.A. Now retired, he worked for a number of years on various campuses of UNM, teaching courses in Forensic Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology. He is currently serving on the Anthropology Consensus Body of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board, in addition to focusing on Southeastern United States bioarchaeology. Byers’ publications with Taylor & Francis include Forensic Anthropology Lab Manual (in its 4th edition).

    Chelsey A. Juarez is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Fresno State Forensic Anthropology Laboratory at California State University, Fresno, U.S.A. She is also Director of the Central California Missing and Unidentified Deceased Persons Cold Case Initiative, a 19-county initiative to identify the deceased unidentified in rural Central California. Her research interests focus on isotopic investigations of provenance and diet with a special focus on the Latino Diaspora, and the U.S.-Mexico border through time. In addition, Juarez has researched and written about child abuse, intimate partner violence, and case accuracy trends in Forensic Anthropology. Dr. Juarez is a first generation Mexican-American. She holds a Doctorate from the University of California Santa Cruz in Biological Anthropology with a specialization in Forensic Anthropology and the Latino Diaspora.