Forensic Microscopy for Skeletal Tissues

Methods and Protocols

  • Lynne S. Bell

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 915)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. A. H. J. Wighton, Chris G. Jones, Lynne S. Bell
    Pages 21-36
  3. Gail Valentine, Kim Piper
    Pages 37-50
  4. Kim Piper, Gail Valentine
    Pages 51-88
  5. Christian Crowder, Jarred Heinrich, Sam D. Stout
    Pages 109-127
  6. Ursula Wittwer-Backofen
    Pages 129-143
  7. Zachary S. Klukkert, John C. Dennis, Francis M’Kirera, Peter S. Ungar
    Pages 145-152
  8. Wenxia Zheng, Mary Higby Schweitzer
    Pages 153-172
  9. Peter Andrews, Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo
    Pages 191-225
  10. Christopher W. Schmidt, Rose Uhlig
    Pages 227-234
  11. Christopher W. Schmidt, Christopher R. Moore, Randell Leifheit
    Pages 235-248
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 263-269

About this book


Forensic anthropology deals with human remains usually in the skeletonized form. The application of microscopy to skeletal tissues is well established and used routinely in biomedical science. Its adaptation to forensic questions is an increasing area of interest, and publications utilizing microscopy have increased in the scientific literature. In Forensic Microscopy for Skeletal Tissues: Methods and Protocols, expert researchers in the forensic, archeological and paleontological disciplines, and detail many of the methods which are now commonly used to study skeletal material. These methods include differing forms of light, confocal, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology™ series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and key tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

Authoritative and practical, Forensic Microscopy for Skeletal Tissues: Methods and Protocols bring together differing forms of microscopy that are used in association with forensic anthropology, or have relevance to questions concerning forensic anthropology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lynne S. Bell
    • 1
  1. 1.School of CriminologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Protocols
  • Print ISBN 978-1-61779-976-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-61779-977-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1064-3745
  • Series Online ISSN 1940-6029
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