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Bone Voyage: A Journey in Forensic Anthropology

Stanley Rhine

A husband preserved in mothballs, a vigilante victim encased in red mud, and convicts beaten and burned in a prison riot are only a few of the cases of death examined here by forensic anthropologist Stanley Rhine. Drawing on cases he worked for the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, Rhine demonstrates how unidentified skeletal remains indicate race, sex, age, height, and ultimately identity and how the specialist decodes skeletal anomalies to establish cause of death. Blunt trauma, gunshot and knife wounds, and other injuries receive his attention.

Step by step the author explains the techniques used to solve forensic mysteries. At the end of each case, he explains what lessons the forensic anthropologist learns from the bones. Rhine also explores specific problems and tasks: working mass disasters; recovering bodies from the field; defleshing bones; examining charred and badly decomposed remains; testifying before juries; and others.


"The author's clear and entertaining style, along with descriptive passages that rival those encountered in a good novel, make this an excellent choice for the casual reader and for anyone interested in forensic science or 'who done it' mysteries."



"The cases are well-chosen . . . This is a text that both lay person and professional anthropologist can appreciate. . . . it entices the reader to continue on, at the same time inparting useful information."


The Connective Tissue

". . . an excellent view of the world of forensic anthropology. . . . The voyage provided to us by Rhine is well-worth taking."


American Journal of Human Biology

"This is an enormous contribution to the forensic anthropology literature."


Anthropology Review Database

6 x 9 in. 290 pages 5 drawings, 42 halftones