Dr. Douglas Ubelaker's "Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook"
This paper reviews the book "Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook" by Dr. Douglas Ubelaker, which discusses physical anthropology and its use in forensics.
# 64920 | 845 words | 0 sources | 2006 |
Published on Apr 10, 2006 in Anthropology (Scientific / Medical) , English (Analysis) , Criminology (Forensics)
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This paper explains that Dr. Douglas Ubelaker states in "Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook" that human bones often can tell the trained scientist more about the individual, even an individual's geographic origin, lifestyle or occupation, than the friends or relatives ever could. The author points out that Dr Ubelaker credits the 33,000 individual skeletons housed in the Smithsonian with helping him in every forensic case described in the book. The paper relates that identifying remains is an arduous task and is often made more difficult when someone attempts to cover up the crime or the identity of the victim through such methods as fire.
From the Paper:"One case early in the book is of a black woman who was discovered in rural Ohio. As is the case in this book, all that remained were bones. Race, approximate age and sex were first determined. Without available dental records or x-rays, a photograph of the possible victim was sent with the bones. At Smithsonian, Ubelaker compared the bones of the victim with bones in the museum. He was able to say with a great amount of certainty that the photograph was of that of the individual to whom the bones belonged."
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