As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Myriam Nafte is an active advisor and consultant for criminal casework across North America. She received a Specialized Honors BA in Medical Anthropology from York University, a BEd degree in Science from Brock University, and completed an MA and PhD in Physical Anthropology [Skeletal Biology] at McMaster University. Currently, Myriam is at McMaster University where she’s developing a long-term research project on the changes in dissection anatomy. She is the author of numerous articles and books including Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology; Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation; The Skin of Murder Victims [Editor], and the forthcoming anthology Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains.
Myriam is a highly sought-after and respected speaker, celebrated for her insights on criminal investigations, human adaptation, and diverse forms of communication. Her proficiency in art, forensics, and the history of medicine is underscored by an award-winning career that boasts numerous accolades and recognitions, highlighting her dedication and expertise. Employing clear and accessible language, Myriam effortlessly breaks down intricate subjects, ensuring they resonate with every attendee. Whether she’s delving into the details of forensic science or shedding light on the nuances of human expression, Nafte consistently offers an enlightening and enriching experience for her audience.
Flesh and Bone provides a comprehensive introduction to forensic anthropology, covering its methods and procedures. It explores the evolving field of forensic science, with a focus on key participants and technologies. The book begins with an overview of forensic science, including its legal and scientific aspects, and then delves into skeletal biology, decomposition, and human remains identification. The book also includes a photographic guide to the human skeleton, details on DNA analysis, and its role in biological identity reconstruction. Lastly, it discusses the application of forensic anthropology in human rights missions on a global scale.
As an introductory guide, the goal of this book is to provide students of law enforcement, criminalists, members of the justice system, law enforcement professionals, and anyone interested in the field a starting point in understanding the pivotal relationship between police, the investigator, and the scientist in service of the law. From the first responder called to a death scene to the final analysis in the courtroom, Crime and Measurement outlines the processes, the rules, the protocols, and the principles of what it takes and what it means to measure and solve crime. The third edition updates Chapter 3 (At the Crime Scene) with new material on fingerprinting including digital imaging, silver emulsions (film) and thresholds.
This full-color book focuses on the detection and recovery of the most powerful kind of physical evidence: the traces left behind by a killer on the body of his victim, most notably fingerprints, but also other important transfers, including shoeprints, blood impressions and writing ― evidence that has been found concurrent with the search for fingerprints. Very little other evidence offers such a high inculpatory or exculpatory potential.
The search for fingerprints on the skin of murder victims began in the 1930s, with the inception of a relatively minor technique for difficult surfaces. Decades later, it would be the center of the first comprehensive research into detecting fingerprints on human skin, using actual cadavers. The highly successful results would lead a Canadian police force to be the first to formally offer this service to homicide investigators. Other periodic case successes would be reported over the following years, featuring a range of methods.
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