James T. Pokines, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Chicago
MA, University of Chicago



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.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Yucha JM, Pokines JT, Bartelink EJ. A Comparative Taphonomic Analysis of 24 Trophy Skulls from Modern Forensic Cases. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Feb 01. PMID: 28144937; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13426;.
  2. 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. 2017 May; 62(3):573-584. PMID: 27930820; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13327;.
  3. Newcomb AM, Pokines JT, Moore TL. Taphonomic Effects of Mechanical Plowing on Buried Juvenile-Sized Remains. J Forensic Sci. 2017 01; 62(1):67-73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27864968; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13259;.
  4. 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 01; 62(1):50-66.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27859293; DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13254;.
  5. Nowell A, Walker C, Cordova CE, Ames CJH, Pokines JT, Stueber D, DeWitt R, al-Souliman ASA. Middle Pleistocene subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residue and other proxies. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2016; 72:36-33.
  6. Pokines JT, Santana SA, Hellar JD, Bian P, Downs A, Wells N, Price MD. The taphonomic effects of eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) gnawing upon bone. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2016; 66(4):349-375.
  7. Pokines JT. 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.
  8. Pokines JT, King RE, Graham DD, Costello AK, Adams DM, Pendray JM, Rao K, Siwek D. The effects of experimental freeze-thaw cycles to bone as a component of subaerial weathering. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2016; 6:594-602.
  9. Pokines JT, Springer K. A case of localized corrosion on bone caused by chemical contact. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2016; 66(3):173-186.
  10. L'Abbé EN, Symes SA, Pokines JT, Cabo LL, Stull KE, Kuo S, Raymond DE, Randolph-Quinney PS, Berger LR. Evidence of fatal skeletal injuries on Malapa Hominins 1 and 2. Sci Rep. 2015; 5:15120. PMID: 26459912; PMCID: PMC4602312; DOI: 10.1038/srep15120;.
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Bar chart showing 48 publications over 11 distinct years, with a maximum of 14 publications in 2014

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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Archaeology
Paleoecology
Paleolithic
Taphonomy
Zooarchaeology

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Boston MA 02118
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