Forensic Anthropology and Death Investigation

Forensic anthropology is the examination of human skeletal remains for law enforcement agencies to help with the recovery of human remains, to determine the identity of unidentified human remains, interpret trauma, and estimate time since death. Physical anthropologists develop methods to evaluate bones to understand people who lived in the past. Such questions might include: Was this individual male or female? How old were they when they died? How tall were they? Were the people in good or poor general health? Forensic anthropology involves the application of these same methods to modern cases of unidentified human remains. Through the established methods, a forensic anthropologist can aid law enforcement in establishing a profile of the unidentified remains. The profile includes sex, age, ancestry, height, length of time since death, and sometimes the evaluation of trauma observed on bones.

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