Forensic Taphonomy And Ecology Of North American Scavengers by Susan Sincerbox

Forensic Taphonomy And Ecology Of North American Scavengers

bySusan Sincerbox, Elizabeth A. Digangi

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Forensic Taphonomy and Ecology of North American Scavengerscompiles research on vertebrate scavenging behavior from numerous academic fields, including ecology and forensic anthropology. It is an ideal reference for both students and medicolegal professionals, serving as a field manual for the identification or exclusion of common scavenging species known to modify human remains. It addition, the book proposes investigative strategies to improve both the recovery efficiency and accuracy of forensic reconstructions in cases affected by vertebrate scavenging.

The actions of vertebrate scavengers can significantly impact the medicolegal investigation of human remains. Scavenging behavior can displace remains from their depositional context, confound postmortem interval estimations, destroy osteological markers, and inflict damage that mimics or disguises perimortem trauma.



  • Examines scavenging behavior through an evolutionary and ecological lens, integrating research from diverse fields
  • Includes brief summaries of the taphonomic signatures of common or well-studied North American scavenging taxa
  • Proposes strategies to maximize the recovery of vertebrate-scavenged human remains and improve forensic reconstructions of peri- and postmortem events

About The Author

Ms. Sincerbox teaches Introductory Biological Anthropology, in the Forensic Anthropology Program, at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. Her research spans forensic anthropology, osteology, human decomposition and ecology. She previously participated in the HHMI Interdisciplinary Research Program and is currently focused on deco...

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Title:Forensic Taphonomy And Ecology Of North American ScavengersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:150 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128132434

ISBN - 13:9780128132432

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Table of Contents

1. An Interdisciplinary Approach: Ecology Meets Forensics
2. There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: The Evolution of Scavenging
3. Unwitting Accomplices: Scavengers and Forensic Investigation
4. The Usual Suspects: Strategies for Scavenger Identification
5. Making of the Maker's Mark: Morphology, Physiology, and Behavior
6. The Maker's Mark: Taphonomic Signatures of Common North American Scavengers
7. Off the Mark: Ecological Influences on Scavenging Behavior
8. Adapting Your Investigation of Vertebrate-Scavenged Remains