Forensic Anthropology is a journal devoted to the advancement of the science and professional development of the fields of forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology.

The journal primarily focuses on research, technical advancements, population data, and case studies related to the recovery and analysis of human remains in a forensic context. Topics such as forensic osteology, skeletal biology, and modern human skeletal variation are within the scope of Forensic Anthropology.

Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021)

Published: 2021-07-23

Laws of Taphonomic Relative Timing and Their Application to Forensic Contexts

James T. Pokines



In the analysis of taphonomic effects that have occurred to osseous remains, it is often necessary to interpret multiple overlapping changes....

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Dowsing for Bone

A Blind Test

Michael Easter, Angi M. Christensen, Michelle Miller



Locating clandestine graves is often a significant challenge for law enforcement and other investigators. A number of search techniques can be...

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Identifying Handsaw Tooth Shape Based on the Micro- and Macroscopic Analysis of the Kerf Floor Contour

Heather Greathouse, Erin Chapman, Ashley Maxwell, Alexandra R. Klales



Skeletal trauma analysis is a major facet of forensic anthropology casework and can entail interpretation of sharp force saw trauma....

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The Forensic Utility of Photogrammetry in Surface Scene Documentation

Elizabeth Church, James T. Pokines, Christopher J. H. Ames



Outdoor crime scene documentation needs to be accurate and precise to preserve evidence. Photogrammetry is a potential option. Structure from...

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Patterns of Intentional Dismemberment in Florida Medicolegal Death Investigations

Katie M. Rubin, Janet E. Finlayson



This study identifies broad patterns of intentional dismemberment in Florida as observed in cases accessioned over a 15-year period at the...

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Forensic Fractography of Bone

Fracture Origins from Impacts, and an Improved Understanding of the Failure Mechanism Involved in Beveling

Angi M. Christensen, John M. Rickman, Hugh E. Berryman



Fractography involves the study of fractures and cracks in a material in order to understand the cause of failure. Even as a complex, highly...

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