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Forensic Anthropology

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Eva Ferrari

on 26 February 2014

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Forensic Anthropology
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Thank you for watching our presentation on Forensic Anthropology. We hope that you enjoyed our presentation and learned a few things from it also. Once again thanks for watching!
Check for Understanding
Question 3
Q3: What Kinds of Questions Do Forensic Anthropologists Ask?
A. How old was the victim when they died?
B. When did they die?
C. What type of bullet was used?
Check for Understanding
Question 2
Q2: When was Forensic Anthropology created?
A. 1940's
B. 1970's
C. 1930's
Check for Understanding
Question 1
Q1: What is the main evidence that a Forensic Anthropologist deals with?
A. Bones
B. Guns/weapons
What is Forensic Anthropology?
Forensic anthropology is the examination of human skeletal remains for the government to determine the identity of unidentified bones. It was created in the 1930's.

The main evidence that is used by a Forensic Anthropologist is bones. Forensic Anthropologists use the bones at a crime scene to determine the height, age, gender, race, medical history, and cause of death of a person. For example, Forensic Anthropologists can look at the hips and skull of a dead person to determine what the gender of the deceased person was.
What Does a Forensic Anthropologist do to aid in a case?
What a forensic anthropologist DOES do to aid in a case:
Goes to a crime scene to assist in the collection of human remains
Cleans up the bones so that they may be looked at
Analyzes skeletal remains to establish the profile of the individual
Looks at trauma evident on the bones to establish the pathway of a bullet or the number of stab wounds
Works with a forensic odontologist (dentist) to match dental records
Testifies in court about the identity of the individual and/or the injuries that might be evident in the skeleton
What is the purpose of Forensic Anthropology?
The purpose of forensic anthropology is to use a multi-disciplinary approach to uncover the secrets hidden in bones.
What Kinds of Questions do Forensic Anthropologists Ask?
Forensic Anthropologists usually ask these questions when identifying remains:
Was this individual male or female?
How old were they when they died?
When did they die?
How tall were they?
By: Peter, Eva, and Cam
Forensic Anthropologists DO NOT do any of the following:
Collect trace evidence (hair, fibers)
Run DNA tests
Analyze ballistics or weapon evidence
Analyze blood spatter
Conduct autopsies

How do Forensic Anthropologists Answer These Questions?
Forensic Anthropologists answer these questions by using an osteological analysis of age, stature, ancestry, and gender.
Forensic Anthropology Facts
What do Forensic Anthropologists Do?
Forensic Anthropologists deal strictly with the human remains during an investigation
Most Forensic Anthropologists only specialize in techniques related to the analysis of the remains or bones.
Sculptors help Forensic Anthropologists to do facial reconstructions to help identify the victims
1. It may take 100’s of years for bones to be found entirely.
2. Some forensic scientists study blood stains.
3. Forensic scientists study dead bodies mostly in order to help solve crimes.
4. The most likely thing that will be studied by scientists of all of the body remains, are the
5. On crime shows the jobs of forensic scientists are often exaggerated.
6. The places where forensic scientists study bodies are called body farms.
7. Bodies in water decompose twice as fast as bodies on land.
8. Body farms allow scientists to study the natural decomposition of bodies.
9. Most differences in bodies are found in the skull.
10. One danger of working with bodies is they can spread disease.

Learning Target
Students Should Be Able To:
Tell what a Forensic Anthropologist is.
Tell what a Forensic Anthropologist does.
Tell how a Forensic Anthropologist uses the bones of a person to identify them.
Essential Question
How do scientists use bones of people to identify them?
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