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Nebraska Anthropologist (2024) 30


Copyright 2024, John O. Obafunwa and William R. Belcher. Used by permission


Review of Forensic Anthropology: A Comprehensive Introduction edited by Natalie R. Langley and Maria Teresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant. 2017, 2nd Edition. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. ISBN: 13: 978-1-4987-3612-1 (Hardback). Reviewed by John O. Obafunwa and William R. Belcher, School of Global Integrative Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Overall, this text fits very well into the body of literature in forensic anthropology and has largely addressed the purpose for undergraduate and graduate courses. It is not overly technical, and it is good for undergraduate teaching and practical work. The reviewers would also recommend it to graduate students, and as a good resource text for practicing forensic anthropologists. It is hoped that the suggested changes will be reflected in the subsequent edition. Additionally, we believe that this text can also function as a compact field guide to be used while conducting case work and having numerous techniques and processes available at one’s fingertips. This second edition is easy to read and it is intended to meet a one-semester requirement. It is a textbook that can be used for advance undergraduate or graduate student curriculum. Furthermore, the chapter on Forensic Taphonomy can be expanded a bit to add some more information about the different forms of disposal often encountered, impact of geographical and soil type, and other abiotic factors that could modify the bone changes after death. This is particularly for the consumption of the graduate students and general practitioners, who of course would be required to possess additional specialized texts.

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