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Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Dawnie W. Steadman

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 16, 2008

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For courses in Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Science.


An essential supplement to a forensic anthropology text, this reader provides case studies that demonstrate innovative approaches and practical experiences in the field. The book provides both introductory and advanced students with a strong sense of the cases that forensic anthropologists become involved, along with their professional and ethical responsibilities, the scientific rigor required, and the multidisciplinary nature of the science.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Hard Evidence, 2nd ed.



Section I    

Personal Identification : Theory and Applications


Chapter 1      The Marty Miller Case: Introducing Forensic Anthropology

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman and Steven A. Andersen

Chapter 2      Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Identification  in Homicide Investigation: A Case Study from New York

Douglas H. Ubelaker, Mary Jumbelic, Mark Wilson, and E. Mark Levinsohn

Chapter 3      The Herring Case–An Outlier 

Karen Ramey Burns

Chapter 4      An Incidental Finding

H. Gill-King

Chapter 5      Science Contextualized: The Identification of a U.S. MIA of the Vietnam War from Two Perspectives  

Ann Webster Bunch and Colleen Carney Shine


Section II     

Legal Considerations of Forensic Anthropology Casework in the United States

Chapter 6      Multiple Points of Similarity                                                                                           

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman and Lyle W. Konigsberg

Chapter 7      The Influence of the Daubert Guidelines on Anthropological Methods of Scientific Identification in the Medical Examiner Setting

Jason Wiersema, Jennifer C. Love and L. Gill Naul

Chapter 8      A Forensic Analysis of Human Remains from a Historic Conflict in North Dakota

Stephen Ousley and R. Eric Hollinger


Section III    

Applications of Archaeology

Chapter 9      Love Lost and Gone Forever 

David M. Glassman

Chapter 10    The Contributions of Archaeology and Physical Anthropology to the John McRae Case 

Norman J. Sauer, William A. Lovis, Mark E. Blumer, and Jennifer Fillion

Chapter 11    Unusual “Crime” Scenes: The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Recovering and Identifying American MIAs   108

Robert W. Mann, Bruce E. Anderson, Thomas D. Holland, and Johnie E. Webb, Jr.

Chapter 12    Forensic Recoveries of U.S. War Dead and the Effects of Taphonomy and Other Site-Altering Processes

James T. Pokines


Section IV    

Interpretation of Taphonomy and Trauma

Chapter 13    Taphonomy and Time: Estimating the Postmortem Interval 

Murray K. Marks, Jennifer C. Love and Ian R. Dadour

Chapter 14    The Skull on the Lawn: Trophies, Taphonomy, and Forensic Anthropology 

P. Willey and Paulette Leach

Chapter 15    Look until You See: Identification of Trauma in Skeletal Material 

O. C. Smith, Elayne J. Pope, and Steven A. Symes

Chapter 16    Forensic Osteology of Child Abuse

Murray K. Marks, Kerriann Marden and Darinka Mileusnic

Chapter 17    The Interface of Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology in Trauma Interpretation 

Douglas H. Ubelaker and John E. Smialek


Section V      

Analytical Techniques in Forensic Anthropology 

Chapter 18    Mitochondrial DNA: Solving the Mystery of Anna Anderson

Terry Melton

Chapter 19    Small Bones of Contention

Sam D. Stout

Chapter 20    Approaches to Facial Reproduction and Photographic Superimposition

Douglas H. Ubelaker

Chapter 21    The Pawn Shop Mummified Head: Discriminating among Forensic, Historic, and Ancient Contexts 

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman


Section VI    

Applications of Forensic Anthropology 

Chapter 22    Corpi Aquaticus: The Hardin Cemetery Flood of 1993

Paul S. Sledzik and Allison Webb Willcox

Chapter 23    DISASTER VICTIM RECOVERY AND IDENTIFICATION: Forensic anthropology in the aftermath of September 11


Chapter 24    Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights: The Argentine Experience   290

Mercedes Doretti and Clyde C. Snow

Chapter 25       A Mass Grave in Argentina: The San Vicente Cemetery in Córdoba

Darío Olmo, Anahí Ginarte, Claudia Bisso, Mercedes Salado Puerto, Luis Fondebrider


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