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We provide the links and titles of the publications for informational purposes. These links and post titles represent just a selection from the wealth of information on the topics, which will hopefully help you with an initial search for references on Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology. Also, we share links so you can apply and get field experience in different internships, short courses and workshops given by different accredited universities and organizations. More titles and useful information will be added continually.

Journals:

  • Annual Review of Anthropology  (link)

  • Forensic Science International (link)

  • Legal Medicine (link)

  • Journal of Forensic Sciences (link)

  • International Journal of Legal Medicine (link)

  • Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine (link)

  • Journal of Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology (link)

  • Journal of Anthropology and Archeology  (link)

  • Anthropologischer Anzeiger (Journal of Biological and Clinical Anthropology) (link)

  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology (link)

  • International Journal of Osteoarchaelogy (link)

  • Science & Justice (link)

  • HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology (link)

  • Medicine, Science and the Law (link)

  • The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology (link)

  • Forensic Science Communications (link)

  • Journal of Anatomy (link)

Platforms for the Search of Articles and Books:

  • JSTOR  (link)

  • ELSEVIER  (link)

  • Science Direct  (link)

  • Wiley Online Library  (link)

  • The National Academies Press  (link)

  • The National Library of Medicine  (link)

  • ISBNdb Database  (link​​)

Software:

  • FORDISC 3.1 is an interactive computer program that runs on Windows to classify adults by ancestry and sex using different combinations of standard measurements:  https://fac.utk.edu/fordisc-3-1-personal-computer-forensic-discriminant-functions /

  • 3D-ID is a Java program that provides geometric morphometric tools to aid in the assessment of sex and ancestral affiliation of unknown cranial remains:  http://www.3d-id.org/

  • Osteoware is an easy-to-learn software program designed to aid in the documentation of human skeletal remains. Provides real-time data entry of quantitative and qualitative observations into a structured query language (SQL) relational database:  https://osteoware.si.edu/

  • Osteomics presents a series of easy-to-use software tools to help visualize and analyze the anthropological data included in the biological profile:  http://osteomics.com/

  • 3Skull Instructional Videos are instructional videos by Dr. M. Katherine Spradley. They are mp4 files that can be viewed in your browser or downloaded:  https://statsmachine.net/software/3Skull/videos/

  • HD Forensics offers a comprehensive online college level Human Osteology course for PC and Virtual Reality (VR) platforms. Available for Windows, Mac, Oculus Go, and Oculus Quest:  https://www.hdforensics.com/pc-vr-osteology

Other links:

  • Forensicosteology.org is dedicated to the free dissemination of forensic osteology data to academic, humanitarian and law enforcement communities around the world. The main content of forensicosteology.org is the FOROST metabase. This free access visual metabase of skeletal injuries links users to collections from many institutions in various countries around the world:  http://forensicosteology.org/

  • Skeleton Collections Database:  http://highfantastical.com/skeletal-collections/

  • For people who want to create 3D models themselves, Autodesk 123D is free software bundled with content and manufacturing services:  http://www.123dapp.com/

  • BoneID is a visual guide for forensic anthropologists, law enforcement agencies, naturalists, and the just curious. The extensive and easy-to-use database on this site will help you identify bones of many common species regardless of your educational background:  http://www.boneid.net/browse/

  • Anatomy Standard an evidence-based 3D model of the human body, high-quality interactive illustrations of the model, and a resource for teaching and explaining anatomy:  https://www.anatomystandard.com/

Internships and Courses 2022:

  • Short courses in summer 2022 awarded by the Forensic Anthropology Center at University of Tennessee.  Participants must be 18 years or older to register and attend any course. Suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physical and forensic anthropology who have experience with osteology and/or for medico-legal personnel who are actively involved in the recovery of human remains: https://fac.utk.edu/fac-short-courses/

  • The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) offers workshops and short courses in 2022 on forensic anthropology, search and recovery methods, discrimination between human and non-human bone, histological methods, and advanced methods in forensic anthropology. Many of its courses are accredited by the American Board of Medical Death Investigators and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement: https://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/workshops.html

  • The Forensic Anthropology Center at University of Tennessee is pleased to offer a summer internship for non-UT students.  The internship is from May 31 to July 1, 2022. The internship lasts for five weeks and the first week is part of the "Field Methods" course.  The deadline is February 15, 2022: https://fac.utk.edu/summer-internship/

  • The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) is pleased to offer an unpaid, credit-free summer internship for students from both the State of Texas and other countries.  The internship will run from June 1, 2022 to at least June 24, 2022. Applications must be received by March 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm to be considered for a summer internship positionhttps://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/courses/intern.html

  • The Slavia Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and supporting archaeological research in Poland, offers in the summer of 2022 an intensive learning experience in human osteology and mortuary archeology at the early medieval burial cemetery in Giecz. The field school includes a strong laboratory component that provides the opportunity to practice the identification of complete and fragmentary human skeletal remains. provides a unique opportunity for archeology and bioarcheology students, as well as future forensic science professionals and anyone interested in mortuary archeology, to learn techniques for the recovery and documentation of archaeological and human remains. Academic credits are available. The application deadline continues until all spaces are filledhttp://www.slavia.org/