Commingling of human remains presents an added challenge to all phases of the forensic process. This book brings together tools from diverse sources within forensic science to offer a set of comprehensive approaches to handling commingled remains. It details the recovery of commingled remains in the field, the use of triage in the assessment of commingling, various analytical techniques for sorting and determining the number of individuals, the role of DNA in the overall process, ethical considerations, and data management. In addition, the book includes case examples that illustrate techniques found to be successful and those that proved problematic.
Publisher: Humana Press Inc.
Number of pages: 374
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
From the reviews:
"This volume will be of significant help to forensic practitioners, when charged with the forensic determination of identification following the identification of a mass grave scenario. ... For new members of the forensic community, such as students for example, it will make an interesting and informative read. Novices or the general public may find the integration of archaeological and forensic applications interesting, and the book does successfully highlight the need for multi-dimensional investigations." (Xanth D. G. Mallett-Telling, The British Association of Human Identification, June, 2008)
"The book ... deals with practical issues in the forensic sciences, documenting examples of successful techniques for sorting and determining the number of individuals, and illustrates the role of DNA analyses, ethical considerations, and data management. These should be helpful for forensic experts, especially those who encounter mass fatality events accompanied by commingling of human remains. ... The volume ... will give readers several practical examples that illustrate up-to-date advantages and issues in analyses of commingled human remains." (Osamu Kondo, Primates, Vol. 50, March, 2009)