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Transcript of Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropology helps to identify individuals by analyzing their skeleton, who died in mass disasters, wars, or due to homicide, suicide, or accidental death.
Forensic Tools & Techniques; Part 3
4 Did they find a body?
Reading the Remains
1.What does a physical anthropologist investigate?
2.What four things do we want to know about a skeleton?
3.What bones are most useful for developing a profile of a person? Explain how they are used.
Role of Anthropologists :
Watch the video and then answer the questions.
What information do they provide for law enforcement agencies?
How many skeletons do they have in their collection?
What do they learn about a skeleton from each tool?
CT Scan –
X- ray –
Mass spectrometer –
Scanning electron microscope –
DNA Analysis –
What does a physical anthropologist investigate?
What four things do we want to know about a skeleton?
What bones are most useful for developing a profile of a person? Explain how they are used.
What else can we learn from bones?
DNA samples can be collected from bone, teeth, and hair to provide clues to a person’s identity.
Scientists may also be able to gain clues as to a person’s past, recent injuries, or the cause of death based on bone fractures and other signs of trauma.
Quick Quiz – Give the common name for each bone.
1. Sex - Determined by examining the skull, pelvis, humerus, and femur
2.Age and stature (height/build) – Determined by analyzing the development of the teeth, bone growth, cranial suture lines, and the length of specific bones, such as the femur.
3.Race – Determined by analyzing the skull for characteristics that are common among people of different races.
Watch the video (in the echo page)and then answer the questions.
1.What techniques or tools did the scientists use to find the body?
2.What is “disturbed soil”? What might it indicate?
3.How did they narrow down the areas to investigate?
1.What information do they provide for law enforcement agencies?
2. How many skeletons do they have in their collection?
3.What do they learn about a skeleton from each tool?
a.CT Scan –
b. X- ray –
c.Mass spectrometer –
e.DNA Analysis –
d.Scanning electron microscope –
Collect the life size printout for 1.Adult and 2. Juvenile skeleton Templates.
Create one model for adult and two for Juvenile.( TOTAL 3 MODELS)
SKELETAL FORENSIC COMPUTER ACTIVITY