Bone histology as an integrated tool in the process of human identification

Christian M. Crowder, Janna M. Andronowski, Victoria M. Dominguez

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

8 Scopus citations


The analysis of unknown skeletal material requires a multilevel, polymodal approach that can be strengthened by the application of microscopic methods. First, a basic discussion of bone biology, histomorphology, and histomorphometry is presented, providing background for the interpretation of bone structure and organization at the microscopic level. This is followed by a discussion of applicable methods for distinguishing human from nonhuman bone, as well as methods for estimating age-at-death, a common use of the histological approach in forensic anthropology. Lastly, this chapter offers a discussion of current research that uses bone histology to guide sampling procedures for nuclear DNA analyses, specifically addressing why certain sampling locations may be preferred and providing guidelines for sample selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128054291
ISBN (Print)9780128125380
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Age-at-death
  • Bone biology
  • Bone histology
  • DNA sampling
  • Histomorphology
  • Histomorphometry
  • Human versus nonhuman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Bone histology as an integrated tool in the process of human identification'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this