Randolph-Quinney, Patrick orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0694-5868, Mallett, Xanthe and Black, Sue (2009) Anthropology. In: Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. Wiley, London, pp. 1-27. ISBN 9780470061589

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Forensic anthropology can be described as the analysis of human remains for the medicolegal purpose of establishing identity. It is a multi-disciplinary endeavor that applies the knowledge of biological anthropology and human osteology to cases where
human remains are skeletonized, or where a detailed understanding of the growth and development, morphology, or reactive norms of the human body can assist other disciplines in positive identification. As such, it is perhaps best placed as a sub discipline within the wider practice of forensic human identification, having applicability to both the living and the dead.

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