Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Dentistry (National Institute of Justice)

National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Dentistry Page:

Representative questions that can be answered by this resource:

  • What does a Forensic Dentist do?
  • What kinds of research would a Forensic Anthropologist undertake?
  • What are some techniques for fingerprint identification?
  • How do you distinguish between saw and knife wounds in bone?

This page gives basic descriptions of the professions and lists many of the grants they have awarded in the past year, which can give an idea of the types of research being done in this area.   It also has links to some fascinating guide books:

Fingerprint Sourcebook (422 pages)
Latent Print Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice through a Systems Approach (248 pages)
Knife and Saw Toolmark Analysis in Bone: Manual for the Examination of Criminal Mutilation and Dismemberment (47 pages)


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