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An Evaluation of Embalmed Cadaveric Human Tissue in the Investigation of Multiple Freeze and Thaw Cycles on the Histological Morphology of Human Bone Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Forensic Anthropology
Osteology
Taphonomy
Cold Temperature
Cadaveric Tissue
Embalmed Bone
Histology
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Perkins, Aaron A
Supervisor and department
Correia, Pamela Mayne (Anthropology)
Beattie, Owen (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Correia, Pamela Mayne (Anthropology)
Froese, Duane (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
Willoughby, Pamela (Anthropology)
Beattie, Owen (Anthropology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-05-11T08:46:53Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Our understanding of the myriad of possible taphonomic agents acting on remains in a forensic context has dramatically increased over the last two decades (Haglund and Sorg, 2002); however, the effects of cold temperature on the microstructure of bone tissue are still not well understood. Recent research on unembalmed human bone has investigated these effects (Tersigni, 2002, 2007). Although tentative, this research has shown that freezing does affect bone tissue at the microscopic level. Considering the potential significance of these findings for forensic evaluation and identification of found human remains, Tersigni’s research highlights the need for additional research. The research reported in this thesis provides an important step forward in the development of methodological approaches to the study of temperature effects on human bone.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3KS4K
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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