Forensic Identification

Putting a Name and Face on Death

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

About 4,000 unidentified deceased persons are discovered in the United States every year. But forensic experts are successful in identifying about 3,000 of those bodies within a year. In Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death, forensic anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth A. Murray takes readers into the morgues and forensic labs where experts use advanced technology to determine the identities of dead bodies whose names are not known because the bodies are mutilated, decomposed beyond recognition, or cut into pieces. She also explores what happens to the bodies and remains that belong to people who have been missing for so long that law enforcement and forensic files are no longer active.

Through a wide range of fascinating scientific methods—including DNA testing, facial reconstruction, dental records, blood analysis, fingerprinting, and X-rays—forensic specialists work to piece together the stories that will give names back to the unknown dead and missing. Come along to watch the experts do their amazing work.

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978-0-76136-696-6
$30.65 $22.99
978-1-46770-139-6
$46.65 $34.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Science
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.8
BISACS YAN051050, YAN050000, YAN050010
Dewey 363.25
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 1240
ATOS Reading Level 9.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 153398
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Table of contents, Websites, and eSource

Awards

  • Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle Selection, Winner, 2014
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2012

Reviews

School Library Journal

“The explanations are clear and to the point: this is how the unknown dead are identified, and these are the tools the scientists use in the identification process. Written by a board-certified forensic anthropologist, the book contains color photos (some quite graphic), diagrams, and X-rays…. Intriguing and informative.” —School Library Journal

Booklist Online

“In a straightforward, no-nonsense manner, this focuses on how forensic scientists are able to solve the mystery of human remains that are not easily identifiable… The resolutions of the case files at the end of each chapter provide a satisfying wrap-up while demonstrating how the process explained in that chapter is used to solve the case. A smart and interactive introduction to the CSI field.” —Booklist Online

Author: Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth A. Murray is a native Cincinnatian from a large family. When she was young, Elizabeth always thought she may grow up to be a writer, teacher, scientist, or explorer—now that she is a college professor and forensic scientist, she is active in all of those fields! Elizabeth always loved science; it was her favorite subject in school. In college, she studied biology and discovered that she found humans to be the most interesting animals, so she continued her studies in the field of anthropology. Being a very practical person, Elizabeth wanted her research focus to have tangible results and benefits that could aid society, and this led her to the forensic application of anthropology. It took many years of college and lots of hard work to become a forensic scientist, but Elizabeth says that teaching is still the very best part of her job. She enjoys taking difficult concepts in science and explaining them in a way that is interesting and relevant to her students.

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Forensic Identification

About 4,000 unidentified deceased persons are discovered in the United States every year. But forensic experts are successful in identifying about 3,000 of those bodies within a year. In Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death, forensic anthropologist Dr… View available downloads →