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Anthony Falsetti

Anthony Falsetti

Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


Dr. Falsetti received the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN.  His post-doctoral training was completed at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY where he was a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Evolution and Ecology.  Anthony was an Associate Professor and Director at the University of Florida and Deputy Director in the Forensic Science Department, at the International Committee on Missing Persons prior to joining Arizona State University in 2015.  At ASU, he is currently a faculty member in the School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences in the College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Anthony is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist (ABFA) and is applying the latest research and technology in skeletal anatomy to the resolution of missing and unidentified persons worldwide.  He is currently collaborating with colleagues at Phoenix Children’s Hospital using anonymized CT Scans to collect 3D data for purposes of establishing new aging standards and to improve our understanding of facial growth in sub-adults as well as examining the use of GIS-based methods to help resolve missing persons cases.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1992
  • PhD, Biological Anthropology, University of Tennessee, 1989
  • MA, Biological Anthropology, University of Tennessee, 1986
  • BA, Biological Anthropology, University of Tennessee, 1983


Journal Articles


Zukowski, L. A., A. B. Falsetti and M. D. Tillman. 2012. The influence of sex, age and BMI on the degeneration of the lumbar spine. Journal of Anatomy 220(1):57-66. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2011.01444.x. (link )


Waxenbaum, E. B., D. R. Hunt and A. B. Falsetti. 2010. Intercondylar eminences and their effect on the maximum length measure of the tibia. Journal of Forensic Sciences 55(1):145-148. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01222.x. (link )


Coble, M. D., O. M. Loreille, M. J. Wadhams, S. M. Edson, K. Maynard, C. E. Meyer, H. Niederstatter, C. Berger, B. Berger, A. B. Falsetti, P. Gill, W. Parson and L. N. Finelli. 2009. Mystery solved: The Identification of the two missing Romanov children using DNA analysis. PLoS One 4(3):e4838. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004838. (link )


Schultz, J. J., M. E. Collins and A. B. Falsetti. 2006. Sequential monitoring of burials containing large pig cadavers using ground-penetrating radar. Journal of Forensic Sciences 51(3):607-616. DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00129.x. (link )


Ross, A. H., D. E. Slice, A. B. Falsetti and D. H. Ubelaker. 2004. Population affinities of 19th century Cuban crania: Implications for identification criteria in south Florida Cuban Americans. Journal of Forensic Sciences 49(1):11-16. DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003088.


Schultz, J. J., M. A. Williamson, S. P. Nawrocki, A. B. Falsetti and M. W. Warren. 2003. A taphonomic profile to aid in the recognition of human remains from historic and/or cemetery contexts. Florida Anthropologist 56(2):141-147. (link )


Ross, A. H., D. H. Ubelaker and A. B. Falsetti. 2002. Craniometric variation in the Americas. Human Biology 74(8):807-818. (link )

Ross, A. H., D. H. Ubelaker and A. B. Falsetti. 2002. Ethnohistorical relationships on the Iberian Peninsula. Anthropologie 40(1):51-57. (link )

Warren, M. W., A. B. Falsetti, I. I. Kravchenko, F. E. Dunnam, H. A. Van Rinsvelt and W. R. Maples. 2002. Elemental analysis of bone: Proton-induced X-ray emission testing in forensic cases. Forensic Science International 125(1):37-41. DOI: 10.1016/S0379-0738(01)00614-4. (link )


Wolf, A. and A. B. Falsetti. 2001. Hyperostosis cranii ex vacuo in adults: A consequence of brain atrophy from diverse causes. Journal of Forensic Sciences 46(2):370-373. DOI: 10.1520/JFS14975J.


Austin-Smith, D. and A. B. Falsetti. 1999. Maples Symposium intruduction. Journal of Forensic Sciences 44:675.

Falsetti, A. B. 1999. A thousand tales of dead men: the forensic anthropology cases of William R. Maples, Ph.D. Journal of Forensic Sciences 44(4):682=585. DOI: 10.1520/JFS14534J.

Holliday, T. W. and A. B. Falsetti. 1999. A new method for discriminating African-American from European-American skeletons using postcranial osteometrics reflective of body shape. Journal of Forensic Sciences 44(5):926-930. DOI: 10.1520/JFS12018J.

Warren, M. W., A. B. Falsetti, W. F. Hamilton and L. J. Levine. 1999. Evidence of arteriosclerosis in cremated remains. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 20(3):277-280. (link )


Falsetti, A. B. 1995. Sex assessment from metacarpals of the human hand. Journal of Forensic Sciences 40(5):774-776. DOI: 10.1520/JFS15382J.

Holliday, T. W. and A. B. Falsetti. 1995. Lower limb length of European early modern humans in relation to mobility and climate. Journal of Human Evolution 29(2):141-153. DOI: 10.1006/jhev.1995.1050. (link )

Jungers, W. L., A. B. Falsetti and C. E. Wall. 1995. Shape, relative size, and size-adjustments in morphometrics. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 38(Supple. 2):137-181. (link )


Falsetti, A. B., W. L. Jungers and T. M. Colle III. 1993. Morphometrics of the callitrichid forelimb: A case study in size and shape. International Journal of Primatology 14(4):551-572. DOI: 10.1007/BF02215447. (link )

Falsetti, A. B. and R. R. Sokal. 1993. Genetic structure of human populations in the British Isles. Annals of Human Biology 20(3):215-229. DOI: 10.1080/03014469300002652. (link )

Sokal, R. R., G. M. Jacquez, N. L. Oden, D. DiGiovanni, A. B. Falsetti, E. McGee and B. A. Thomson. 1993. Genetic relationships of European populations reflect their ethnohistorical affinities. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 91(1):55-70. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.1330910104. (link )


Falsetti, A. B. 1992. Forensic anthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology 1(2):41-42. (link )

Falsetti, A. B. 1992. Relative growth of the postcranial skeleton in callitrichines. Journal of Human Evolution 23(1):79-92. DOI: 10.1016/0047-2484(92)90044-A. (link )

Jantz, R. L., D. R. Hunt, A. B. Falsetti and P. J. Key. 1992. Variation among North Amerindians: Analysis of Boas's anthropometric data. Human Biology 64(3):435-461. (link )


Simmons, T., A. B. Falsetti and F. H. Smith. 1991. Frontal bone morphometrics of southwest Asian Pleistocene hominids. Journal of Human Evolution 20(3):249-269. DOI: 10.1016/0047-2484(91)90075-7. (link )

Wiley, P. and A. B. Falsetti. 1991. Inaccuracy of height information on driver's licenses. Journal of Forensic Sciences 36(3):813-819. DOI: 10.1520/JFS13091J. (link )


Smith, F. H., A. B. Falsetti and S. M. Donnelly. 1989. Modern human orgins. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 32(S10):35-68. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.1330320504. (link )

Book Chapters


Falsetti, A. B. 1999. Identification of human skeletal remains: Was he a she or she a he?. Pp. 17-35 In: Fairgrieve, S. I. ed., Forensic Osteological Analysis: A Book of Case Studies. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.. Springfield, IL. ISBN: 0-398-06963-8.

Warren, M. A. and A. B. Falsetti. 1999. Dish, Rats, and a Rolex. Pp. 79-88 In: Fairgrieve, S. I. ed., Forensic Osteological Analysis: A Book of Case Studies. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd. Springfield, IL. ISBN: 0-398-06963-8.


Smith, F. H., A. B. Falsetti and T. Simmons. 1995. Circum-Mediterranean biological connections and the pattern of Late Pleistocene human evolution. Pp. 197-207 In: Ullrich, H. ed., Man and Environment in the Paleolithic. Universite de Liege .

Conference Papers


Schultz, J. J., A. B. Falsetti, M. E. Collins, S. K. Koppenjan and M. W. Warren. 2002. Detection of forensic burials in Florida using GPR. Pp. 443-449 In: Koppenjan, S. K. and H. Lee eds., Proceedings of SPIE. Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar. Santa Barbara, CA. (link )


Kravchenko, I. I., F. E. Dunnam, H. A. Van Rinsvelt, M. W. Warren and A. B. Falsetti. 2001. A forensic application of PIXE analysis. Pp. 421-424 AIP Conference Proceedings. The CAARI 2000: Sixteenth International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry.