Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

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Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

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9780133772029: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

A comprehensive overview of forensic anthropology

Comprehensive and engaging, Byers’s Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, 5/e uses thoughtful pedagogy to lead students step-by-step through the most current and detailed forensic anthropology material available today. This one-of-a-kind book offers comprehensive coverage of all of the major topics in the field of forensics with accuracy, intensity, and clarity. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology emphasizes the “hows” of the field, leaving the “whys” unexplored. Features are described as they relate to the forensic anthropological processes, not from an anatomical and evolutionary standpoint.  Students must first understand what “typical” specimens looks like before approaching how individual specimens can vary from the norm. Extensive illustrations and photos ensure that the text is accessible for students.


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Steve Byers received his B.A. and M.A. from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. His Master’s Thesis, entitled “A reconstruction of the skull of Gigantopithecus blacki”, formed the basis for YFX Studio's full reconstruction of Gigantopithecus on display at the San Diego Museum of Man. His first teaching job was at the University of Southern Colorado (now call Colorado State Universiy, Pueblo) where he taught Anthropology for two and a half years. From there, he worked as a social and psychological researcher until he decided that his true love was Anthropology. He enrolled at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, NM, where he studied skeletal biology and bioarchaeology. Since graduating in 1992, he has taught part-time at the various campuses of UNM as well as Santa Fe Community College. When given the opportunity to teach a forensic anthropology class at UNM in 1998, he realized that the field lacked a comprehensive textbook. Since no one appeared to be writing one, he decided to take on the project. The first edition of his textbook, published by Allyn and Bacon (since subsumed under Prentice Hall), appeared in 2002, and has been put into new editions three times. The book received a very favorable review in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, as well as several regional anthropology associations.

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