The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead
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The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead

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It's said that "dead men tell no tales" — yet their bones have some interesting stories to reveal. That's what police depend on when the only clues to a crime are the bones of the victim. Then it's time

Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Megan Tingley Books (first published 1996)
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The study of forensics is explained very well in the nonfiction book, The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead (1996). Opposite the table of contents the following is a quote from Dr. Cylde Collins Snow, a forensic anthropologist which reads, “As those who study them have come to learn, bones make good witnesses—although they speak softly, they never lie and they never forget.” Upon reading this quote, the reader knows immediately that the...more
With the popularity of crime shows on television, it is only natural for children to be curious about the sciences involved in the process of identifying dead bodies. Taking this into consideration, Jackson, an award winning journalist, penned a book about forensic anthropology for kids which follows Dr. Michael Charney, a forensic anthropologist, as he details how bones and teeth can be used to determine helpful clues used in a police investigation. Photos are included, though some illustrating...more
Lisa the Librarian
I read this for the Reading Passport program I started at the school library. This is my non-fiction choice in the Dewey 300's (Social Sciences)

Although I am not a scientific mind myself, I find crime investigation facinating, if it is presented in laymans understandability. This book fit that bill.

Talking about the science of Forensic Anthropology and how age, gender, race and other factors can be determined by studying skeletal remains.

Using one particular case study and other examples as wel...more
This juvenile nonfiction book looks at forensic anthropology and related fields, and examines how they are used to solve crimes.

This was weird to me, because it's billed as a juvenile nonfiction book, has lots of pictures, big text and short sentences--but the whole subject matter is about murders and examining dead bodies! It just didn't seem to go together. I was a little disappointed with this book; it was quite disjointed and didn't really flow well. The pictures were nice, but the text had...more
If you're interested in real crime scene investigation or true crime or even mystery, this is a GREAT read, though if you have a tendancy to get queasy about dead bodies I wouldn't . . . It's non-fiction and she discusses past cases, plus a lot of interesting facts about how bodies decompose and how bone detectives can use this information to piece together a crime scene.
Fiona Endsley
This is a very well written childrens book on forensic anthropologists and the work they do. I highly recommend it for any children who have the temperment not to be very upset by the subject of murders and the dead. My eight year old and my five year old both found it fascinating.
This is a great book, the only children's book I have found that details what anthropologists do (or at least one of the things they do). Large book, great pictures.
Charlene McCormack
This book describes what forensic anthropologists do; using photos, x-rays and step by step facial reconstruction. Interesting and informitive.
Takes a real event of a skull found in the woods and shows how they learned the identity of the person and the murderer.
A little disturbing, but great!
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