Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

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Comprehensive and engaging, Introduction to Forensic Anthropology uses thoughtful pedagogy to lead students step-by-step through the most current and detailed forensic anthropology material available today. The book offers coverage of all of the major topics in the field with accuracy, intensity, and clarity. Extensive illustrations and photos ensure that the text is accessible for students. As one reviewer says, “there is no other source available that is so comprehensive in its coverage of the methods and issues in the current practice of forensic anthropology.”

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Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Third Edition

Steven N. Byers (University of New Mexico-Valencia)




Comprehensive and engaging, Byers’s Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Third Edition uses thoughtful pedagogy to lead students step-by-step through the most current and detailed forensic anthropology  material available today.


New to This Edition:

  • A discussion of the importance of the Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Supreme Court decision to Forensic Anthropology (Chapter 1).
  • A section on excavation methods for mass graves (Chapter 4).
  • An easy—to-apply method for attributing ancestry from measurements of the femur (Chapter 7).
  • New material on attributing sex from the head of the radius and on attributing sex to subadults (Chapter 8).
  • Current information on trauma and its causative instruments (Chapters 12, 13, 14).


Other Titles of Interest:

Byers’s Forensic Anthropology Laboratory Manual, Second Edition (ISBN: 0-205-53236-5)
Designed to accompany Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Third Edition by Steven Byers, the second edition of the Laboratory Manual reinforces lectures through its exercises and worksheets, allowing students to apply what is learned and helping instructors toward the goal of training students in forensic anthropology.


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About the Author:

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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