Elsevier have just released the second edition of this highly respected text. Concerned with all aspects of burnt remains, it provides a primary source for osteologists and the medical/legal community for the understanding of burned bone remains in forensic or archaeological contexts. It describes in detail the changes in human bone and soft tissues as a body burns at both the chemical and gross levels and provides an overview of the current procedures in burned bone study. Case studies in forensic and archaeological settings aid those interested in the analysis of burned human bodies, from death scene investigators to biological anthropologists.
- A comprehensive and updated reference for osteologists and the medico-legal community charged with analyzing burned human remains from forensic and archaeological contexts
- Describes, in detail, the changes in human bone and soft tissues as a body burns
- Ideal title for those researching cremation, osteology, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, and taphonomy
- Includes case studies in forensics and archaeological settings to aid those interested in the analysis of burned human bodies
Burnt remains are, of course, of interest to the forensic dentist who is often challenged with the identification of individuals who have been in fires. You might want to consider the case of Lynn Breedan – an identification of charred remains where the teeth played an essential role in not only the identification of the victim, but also the suspect! You can watch a video on the case here.
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