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James T. Pokines, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentAnatomy & Neurobiology
Address72 E. Concord St Housman (R)
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4158
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0406-420X
Other Positions
TitleGraduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Pokines is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. He has over 17 years of experience as a Forensic Anthropologist and Forensic Archaeologist. Dr. Pokines received his B.A. degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cornell University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and A.B.F.A. Board certification in forensic anthropology. His research includes vertebrate osteology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and paleoecology, and he has ongoing archaeological projects in the Bolivian Andes (Tiwanaku and related sites), taphonomy of early hominin sites in South Africa, the Paleolithic of northern Jordan, and forensic taphonomy in New England. He is also the Forensic Anthropologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleolithic
  • Taphonomy
  • Zooarchaeology
 Publications
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  1. Brennaman AL, Love KR, Bethard JD, Pokines JT. A Bayesian Approach to Age-at-Death Estimation from Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder in Modern North Americans. J Forensic Sci. 2016 Dec 08. PMID: 27930820.
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  2. Newcomb AM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Taphonomic Effects of Mechanical Plowing on Buried Juvenile-Sized Remains. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Jan; 62(1):67-73. PMID: 27864968.
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  3. Pokines JT, Sussman R, Gough M, Ralston C, McLeod E, Brun K, Kearns A, Moore TL. Taphonomic Analysis of Rodentia and Lagomorpha Bone Gnawing Based Upon Incisor Size. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Jan; 62(1):50-66. PMID: 27859293.
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  4. Nowell, A., C. Walker, C. E. Cordova, C. J. H. Ames, J. T. Pokines, D. Stueber, R. DeWitt, and A. S. A. al-Souliman. Middle Pleistocene subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residue and other proxies. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2016; 72:36-33.
  5. Pokines, J. T., S. A. Santana, J. D. Hellar, P. Bian, A. Downs, N. Wells, and M. D. Price . The taphonomic effects of eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) gnawing upon bone. 2016; 66(4):349-375.
  6. Pokines, J. T., R. E. King, D. D. Graham, A. K. Costello, D. M. Adams, J. M. Pendray, K. Rao, and D. Siwek. The effects of experimental freeze-thaw cycles to bone as a component of subaerial weathering. 2016; 6:594-602.
  7. Pokines, J. T. and K. Springer. A case of localized corrosion on bone caused by chemical contact. 2016; 66(3):173-186.
  8. Pokines, J. T. and J. De La Paz. Recovery rates of human fetal skeletal remains using varying mesh sizes. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2016; 61(S1):S184-S189.
  9. Pokines, J. T. Taphonomic alterations to terrestrial surface-deposited human osseous remains in a New England, U.S.A. environment. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2016; 66(1):59-78.
  10. Pokines, J. T., D. P. Zinni, and K. Crowley. Taphonomic patterning of cemetery remains received at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Boston, Massachusetts. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2016; S1(61):S71-S81.
  11. Pokines JT. Taphonomic alterations by the rodent species woodland vole (Microtus pinetorum) upon human skeletal remains. Forensic Sci Int. 2015 Dec; 257:e16-9. PMID: 26358959.
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  12. Pokines, J. T. Identification of nonhuman remains received in a medical examiner setting. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2015; 65:223-246.
  13. Pokines, J. T. and C. J. H. Ames. Test excavations at Wadi Zarqa Ma’in 1, a natural sinkhole faunal trap site, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. 2015; 373:121-137.
  14. Pokines, J. T. Taphonomic characteristics of former anatomical teaching specimens received at a Medical Examiner’s office, MA. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2015; 65:173-195.
  15. Pokines, J. T. A procedure for processing outdoor surface forensic scenes yielding skeletal remains among leaf litter. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2015; 65:161-172.
  16. L’Abbé, E. N., S. A. Symes, J. T. Pokines, L. L. Cabo, K. E. Stull, S. Kuo, D. E. Raymonds, P. S. Randolph-Quinney, and L. R. Berger. Evidence of fatal skeletal injuries on Malapa Hominins 1 and 2. (Nature) Scientific Reports. 2015; 15120(5).
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  17. Pokines, J. T. and N. Higgs. Macroscopic taphonomic alterations to human bone in marine environments. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2015; 65:953-984.
  18. Pokines JT. A Santería/Palo Mayombe ritual cauldron containing a human skull and multiple artifacts recovered in western Massachusetts, U.S.A. Forensic Sci Int. 2015 Mar; 248:e1-7. PMID: 25614303.
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  19. Pokines, J. T. Mammalian microfaunal remains from Khonkho Wankane (Late Formative Period), Mollo Kontu (Middle Horizon Period), and Pukara de Khonkho (Late Intermediate Period) in the Bolivian altiplano. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 2014; 24:505-516.
  20. Ames, C. J. H., A. Nowell, C. E. Cordova, J. T. Pokines, and M. S. Bisson. Paleoenvironmental change and settlement dynamics in the Druze Marsh: Results of recent excavation at an open-air Paleolithic site. Quaternary International. 2014; 331:60-73.
  21. Pokines, J. T. and S. A. Symes. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014.
  22. Higgs, N. and J. T. Pokines. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Marine environmental alterations to bone. CRC Press. Boca Raton. 2014; 143-179.
  23. Junod, C. A. and J. T. Pokines. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Subaerial weathering. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 287-314.
  24. Pokines, J. T. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Introduction: Collection of macroscopic osseous taphonomic data and the recognition of taphonomic characteristics. CRC Pres. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 1-17.
  25. Pokines, J. T. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Faunal dispersal, aggregation, and gnawing damage to bone in terrestrial environments. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 201-248.
  26. Pokines, J. T. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Macroscopic osseous taphonomy checklist. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 467-469.
  27. Pokines, J. T. and J. E. Baker. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Effects of burial environment on osseous remains. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 73-114.
  28. Pokines, J. T. and J. E. Baker. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Effects of recovery methods. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 447-465.
  29. Pokines, J. T. and S. E. Baker. In Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Avian taphonomy. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 427-446.
  30. Symes, S. A., E. N. L’Abbé, K. E. Stull, and M. LaCroix, and J. T. Pokines. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Taphonomy and the timing of bone fractures in trauma analysis. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 341-365.
  31. Steven A. Symes, S. A., E. N. L’Abbé, J. T. Pokines, T. Yuzwa, D. Messer, A. Stromquist, and N. Keough. Manual of Forensic Taphonomy ed. by J. T. Pokines and S. A. Symes. Thermal alteration to bone. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2014; 367-402.
  32. Pokines, J. T. Herpetofaunal remains from Khonkho Wankane, an urban and ceremonial centre in the southern Lake Titicaca Altiplano: Unique behavioural correlates to osseous taphonomy. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 2013; 23:475-484.
  33. Pokines, J. T. Avian remains from Khonkho Wankane, an urban and ceremonial center in the southern Lake Titicaca Altiplano. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 2013; 23:746-756.
  34. Cordova, C. E., A. Nowell, M. Bisson, C. J. H. Ames, J. T. Pokines, M. Chang, and M. al-Nahar . Interglacial and glacial desert refugia and the Middle Paleolithic of the Azraq Basin, Jordan. Quaternary International. 2013; 300:94-110.
  35. Pokines, J. T. and M. A. Tersigni-Tarrant. Taphonomic processes: Animal scavenging. Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction, ed. by M. A. Tersigni-Tarrant and N. R. Shirley. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2013; 325-338.
  36. Pokines, J. T., A. Nowell, M. S. Bisson, C. E. Cordova, and C. J. H. Ames. The functioning of a natural faunal trap in a semi-arid environment: Preliminary investigations of WZM-1, a limestone sinkhole site near Wadi Zarqa Ma’in, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Journal of Taphonomy. 2011; 9:89-115.
  37. Cordova, C. E., A. Nowell, M. Bisson, J. T. Pokines, C. J. H. Ames, and M. al-Nahar. The Druze Marsh Paleolithic Project, North Azraq, Jordan: Stratigraphic sequences from the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. 2009; 53:311-320.
  38. Pokines, J. T. and J. C. Kerbis Peterhans. Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) den use and taphonomy in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2007; 34:1914-1931.
  39. Pokines, J. T. Prey remains from a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) roost in the Icla Valley, Bolivia. Journal of Raptor Research. 2007; 41:174-175.
  40. Stanley, W. T., D. C. Moyer, E. A. Mulungu, J. T. Pokines, and J. A. Bittner . Journal of East African Natural History. 2002.
  41. Pokines, J. T. When the cat’s away: Micromammalian indicators of human seasonality in the Cantabrian Lower Magdalenian. ArchaeoZoologia. 2000; 11:15-32.
  42. Pokines, J. T. Microfaunal research design in the Cantabrian Spanish Paleolithic. Journal of Anthropological Research. 2000; 56:95-112.
  43. Pokines, J. T. and J. Kerbis Peterhans. Barn owl (Tyto alba) taphonomy in the Negev Desert, Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology. 1998; 44:19-27.
  44. Pokines, J. T. Experimental replication and use of Cantabrian Lower Magdalenian antler projectile points. Journal of Archaeological Science. 1998; 25:875-886.
  45. Pokines, J. T. A late survival of Pliomys lenki (Heller 1930) in Cantabrian Spain. Mammalia. 1998; 62:143-145.
  46. Freeman, L. G., J. González Echegaray, J. T. Pokines, H. Stettler, and M. Krupa . Tamisage ultra fin et récupération de l’outillage: Observation réalisées a El Juyo (Espagne Cantabrique). L’Anthropologie (Paris). 1998; 102:35-44.
  47. Pokines, J. T. British Archaeological Reports, International Series. Paleoecology of Lower Magdalenian Cantabrian Spain. Archaeopress. Oxford. 1998; 189 pp..
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