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Craniofacial Anatomy and Forensic Identification

  • Book
  • October 2022
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5230499
Our bodies record what happens to us physically throughout our lives. This is illustrated by the simple appearance of scars from injuries sustained years, and even decades ago. Evidence such as scars also tells us how we used our joints or may have injured them as children and adults. Our bodies conform to the environment in which we live, both outside and inside. By examining and observing these key clues, a forensic investigator can reveal the unique character that tells the story of a person's life and death.

Craniofacial Anatomy and Forensic Identification is an atlas that covers all aspects of facial reconstruction and anatomy of the head and neck, such as facial expression and the anatomic basis for facial development, along with the effects of muscle movement. Written by a world-renowned forensic artist with decades of experience as a scientific illustrator as well as a portraitist, anthropologist, and lecturer in anatomy and biology, the author is as much a scientist as an artist.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Identity 2. History and Research and Development 3. Bones, Muscles, and Tissues 4. Facial features 5. Analysis and Interpretation 6. Aging and Archetypes 7. Grave Goods and Artifacts 8. Moldmaking and Reproduction 9. Clay work and Finishing 10. Lefty, Exemplar


Gloria Nusse Forensic Artist and Professor, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA. Gloria Nusse is a Scientific Sculptor with a Master's degree in Biological Anthropology. She is also an anatomist and teaches human anatomy at San Francisco State University. She's contributed to Forensic Art Essentials by Lois Gibson (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008) and Broken Bones: Anthropological Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma edited by Vicki Wedel and Alison Galloway. Gloria is a member of the International Association of Forensic Identification, California State Coroners Association, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her work has been featured on 48 Hours Mystery and America's Most Wanted among other top-rated shows and publications. Her facial reconstruction work has helped to solve the identity of victims of homicide and suicide and aided in the personal identity of 16 unidentified remains. Her most recent reconstructions and publications include the reconstruction of a young man who lived 4000 years ago from Bahrain.