Forensic Anthro Sites and References

Osteology Websites

Atlas of Human Anatomy: This website has color anatomical illustrations with an alphabetical listing of muscles.

Bone Clones: A good place to purchase skeletal models to learn osteological anatomy.

eSkeletons Project: Provides an interactive environment to learn about human and non-human primate skeletal anatomy.

France Casts: Provide durable skeletal casts that are great for teaching and learning, displays, and age identification.

Gray’s Anatomy: The edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features over a thousand engravings from the classic 1918 publication, and a subject index.  This is a great basic osteology resource for students, but these are all drawings and do have the detail that a photographic atlas possesses.

Ford Collection, UM Museum of Anthropology: Crania Specimens: The University Library is pleased to announce access to a new digital collection of cranial specimens from the Ford Collection, UM Museum of Anthropology. Currently, you can browse and search for 1360 cranial images. In many cases, multiple images are available per cranium. You can browse by the pathology and trauma associated with the cranial images. More enhancements are expected in the near future, including links to full pathologies and clustering of the multiple cranial images.

QMUL-Atlas: We have developed a comprehensive evidence based atlas to estimate age using both tooth development and alveolar eruption for individuals between 28 weeks in utero to 23 years; it shows a sequence of diagrams representing a continuum of developmental ages without gaps or overlaps. QMUL-Atlas featuring Playback, Data Entry, and Comparison.

Forensic Anthropology and Crime Scene Investigation Reference Websites

Congenital Anomalies in the Archaeological Record by Christina Holland.  A great resource about the common birth defects found at archaeological sites; with great pictures and descriptors.

Knife and Saw Toolmark Analysis in Bone: A Manual Designed for the Examination of Criminal Mutilation and Dismemberment by:  Steven A. Symes, Ph.D., Erin N. Chapman, M.S., Christopher W. Rainwater, M.S., Luis L. Cabo-Perez, M.S., Susan M. T. Myster, Ph.D.

Gun Shot Wounds: A summary of ballistics basics.

Photography: Crime Scene Documentation: by: Steven A. Symes and T Paulette Sutton.

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward: Provides a detailed plan for addressing change and advancements, both systematic and scientific in the forensic sciences, and suggests the creation of a new government entity, the National Institute of Forensic Science, to establish and enforce standards within the forensic science community.

MoldmakingCastingWorkshop:  Workshop for the Los Angeles Forensic Anthropology Forum that gives basics on how to make a mold for a skull and cast it.

Palepathology Collections

Digitised Diseases: an open access resource featuring human bones which have been digitised using 3D laser scanning, CT and radiography. The resource focuses on a wide range of pathological type specimens from archaeological and historical medical collections, specifically examples of chronic diseases which affect the human skeleton for which many of the physical changes are often not directly observable within clinical practice. Of major interest to many will be high fidelity photo-realistic digital representations of 3D bones that can be viewed, downloaded and manipulated on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

Archaeological Survey of Nubia: Surviving Human Remains Database: The database contains information about the known surviving human remains from the first Archaeological Survey of Nubia (1907-1911). Only human remains that could be positively identified as belonging to the ASN have been included i.e. those that can be linked to a given cemetery or in most cases a cemetery and a grave. Descriptions of any known pathology or trauma suffered by the individual are recorded, along with a complete dental survey of all bodies with surviving teeth.


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