Published: 2018-01-29

Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic Anthropology

Where We Stand and Prospects for the Future

Sean D. Tallman, Cate E. Bird
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Diversity and inclusion have proven vital for increasing innovation, success, and performance in a myriad of fields; however, as with many other...

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Changing the Mentorship Paradigm

Survey Data and Interpretations from Forensic Anthropology Practitioners

Allysha Powanda Winburn, Sean D. Tallman, Audrey L. Scott, Cate E. Bird
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Mentorship can be defined as the person-to-person transmission of knowledge in a domain where one person has more experience than the other....

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Centering Transgender Individuals in Forensic Anthropology and Expanding Binary Sex Estimation in Casework and Research

Sean D. Tallman, Caroline D. Kincer, Eric D. Plemons
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Due to disproportionate violence impacting the transgender community, forensic anthropologists may encounter the remains of trans individuals;...

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Experimental Study of Black Bear (Ursus americanus) and Grizzly Bear (U. arctos) Tooth Marks and Other Gnawing Damage on Bone

Makala M. Udoni, James T. Pokines, Tara L. Moore
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Tooth mark and other gnawing damage modifications on bone from African carnivores have been extensively examined, but there are less data on...

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Documenting Skeletal Scatters in Obstructed Wooded Environments Using Close-Range Photogrammetry

Morgan J. Ferrell, John J. Schultz
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Forensic scenes involving human skeletal remains in obstructed wooded environments are challenging to document. One potential solution is to...

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Assumed Differences; Unquestioned Typologies

The Oversimplification of Race and Ancestry in Forensic Anthropology

Sean D. Tallman, Nicolette M. Parr, Allysha P. Winburn
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Forensic anthropologists traditionally estimate “race” or “ancestry” as part of the biological profile. While practitioners may have changed the...

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Analysis and Identification of Damages Caused by Canine (Canis lupus familiaris) Manipulation of Woven Textiles as Cultural Evidence in Forensic Cases

Gabriela Molina, Stefano De Luca, Fabiana Scarso
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Scavenging of human remains by dogs can make the process of identification and analysis of perimortem trauma difficult. Numerous scientific...

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A Forensic Anthropological Study of Human Remains Attributed to the Apostle James Alphaeus

Fernando Serrulla
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We present the forensic anthropological study of the relic of the skull of James Alphaeus, which was preserved in the Chapel of the Relics of...

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“Why Are There So Many Women in Forensic Anthropology?”

An Evaluation of Gendered Experiences in Forensic Anthropology

Marin A. Pilloud, Nicholas V. Passalacqua
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There is broad discussion of the higher numbers of women in the forensic sciences, particularly when compared to other science, technology,...

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The Morphology of Intersectionality

Discordance between Ancestry Estimates and Social Identifiers

Chaunesey Clemmons
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Forensic anthropologists operate within a medico-legal context, performing analyses to estimate a biological profile (ancestry, age, sex,...

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Ancestral Diversity in Skeletal Collections

Perspectives on African American Body Donation

Allysha P. Winburn, Antaya L. Jennings, Dawnie W. Steadman, Elizabeth A. DiGangi
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African Americans comprise approximately 13% of the U.S. population,  6% of missing persons, and 51% of homicide victims (Kochanek et al....

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Current State of Sex Estimation in Forensic Anthropology

Alexandra R. Klales
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Sex estimation is perhaps the most important component of the biological profile. Our sex estimates aid in decedent identification by helping to...

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Eugene Giles

Joseph T. Hefner
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In 2009, Dr. Eugene “Gene” Giles, PhD, D-ABFA (#14), sat across from me in a plush red velvet chair in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Chicago....

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