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Forensic Anthropology: Height Estimation

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Forensic Anthropology: Height Estimation Jerry Duncan Forensic Anthropology: Forensic anthropologists apply the study of human skeletal remains in a legal setting, most often in criminal cases.
They often attempt to learn various aspects of an individual such as race, sex, and height to help identify that person. Methods of Determining Height: The most commonly used bones in estimating height are the femur and the humerus.
When using the femur, first measure the length of the bone in centimetres. Then multiply this length by 2.6 and add 65 to approximate the height of the person in centimetres.
When using the humerus, measure the bone in inches. If the victim is female, multiply the length by 2.6 and add 65. If the victim is male, multiply the length by 2.9 and add 27.9 to the product. More on Height Determination There are several other factors to consider when using forensic anthropology to determine a person's height.
It is important to consider the age of the victim because children's bones aren't fully fused and most height estimation forumlas only apply to fused bones.
It is also important to consider whether the individiaul is a caucasoid, mongoloid, or negroid because each of these groups has different proportions. An Unusual Case In 2002, archaeologists discovered an isolated grave just outside of a fort build on the James River nearly 400 years ago.
The discovery mystified investigators because unlike nearly all other fort burials they had found, this one once held a coffin.
This lead the investigators to believe that this particular person was held in high regard among his English colonists.
Forensic anthropologists were faced with the challenge of identifying this person based solely on his skeletal remains.
Upon investigation, the anthropologists concluded the remains belonged to a European male, about 5 feet and 3 inches tall, and 30-36 years old.
Though his remains were well preserved, the cause of his death was not apparent.
The weight of all the evidence, including the anthropological observations, burial methods, and historical sources, suggests that Captain Bartholomew Gosnold is likely the man they discovered.
The Captain played a critical role in establishing the Jamestown colony in Virginia. Works Cited Carmichael, Chris M. "How Forensic Anthropologists Determine Height." 19 Mar. 2008. Web. 17 May 2011.
Coslett, Calli. "How to Use Human Bones to Determine Stature | EHow.com." EHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Trusted Advice for the Curious Life | EHow.com. Web. 18 May 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/how_5963168_use-human-bones-determine-stature.html>.
"Written in Bone - A Highly Unusual Case." Anthropology Home. Web. 18 May 2011. <http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/unusual_case.html>.
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