Presenting a rare glimpse into the various laboratories that
involve forensic anthropology, The Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
reveals the ways in which anthropologists document, process, and
collect data for academic research and practical and legal
applications, including time of death, trauma analyses, and the
identification of unknown human remains. Drawing from a wide range
of sources, the book begins with detailed descriptions of how body
donations are received and processed. It includes extraordinary
photos documenting the steps taken to ensure that each body part is
tracked from the moment it is received through the decomposition
and skeletonization processes. Dr. David Hunt, of the Smithsonian
Institution, discusses destructive analysis, diagnostic imaging,
casting, and all types of anthroposcopic and anthropometric data
collection methods. The book also compares the duties of full-time
forensic anthropologists in a medical examiner's office with their
academic counterparts, discussing staffing, physical plant
concerns, field recovery procedures, and laboratory processing. It
stresses the variety of required skills, including fingerprinting
and other trace evidence procedures, and highlights casework
examples from FACES, illustrating the technology used to establish
identifications through facial reconstruction, photographic
superimposition, and age progression. Using examples from the World
Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, and the Asian Tsunami disasters,
the book examines the roles of forensic anthropologists and
pathologists as mass fatality responders. It discusses practical
issues and explains how and where the mobile disaster morgue can be
used, including morgue floor plans and equipment. A one-of-a-kind
survey of a variety of forensic anthropology laboratories, the
editors provide an insider's view of functioning laboratories as
reported by some of the most respected and prolific anthropologists
in clinical, research, and academic settings.
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