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1 Forensic Anthropology Introduction Human Biology/Forensics B.M.C. Durfee High School

2 Objectives Describe Forensic Anthropology Describe the history of Forensic Anthropology Identify the three fields of Forensic Anthropology Describe the requirements to become a Forensic Anthropologist

3 Introduction This course is Biological Anthropology We have covered many themes o Primates o Evolution o Paleoanthropology o Genetics o Disease o Life Cycle o Variation

4 Forensics We have also covered lots of forensics o Handwriting o Toxicology o Pathology o Body Fluids o Fingerprinting

5 Forensics and Anthropology Forensic Anthropology is where Forensics meets Biological Anthropology

6 This Unit Last Unit for Seniors! Plan o What is Forensic Anthropology o Osteology & The Bones o Features in the Bones o Review and Test

7 What is Forensic Anthropology? Physical or Biological Anthropology Physical Anthropologists who specializing in examining human skeletal remains where legal questions are involved

8 What is Forensic Anthropology? Multidisciplinary with other forensic disciplines Knowledge of the bones complement the pathologist s knowledge of the soft tissue

9 What is Forensic Anthropology? Human Identification o Age, sex, race, stature Cause and Manner of Death Reconstruct way of life up until death

10 What is Forensic Anthropology? Specialties o Interpret post-mortem processes o Recover scattered or buried remains o Extrapolate soft tissue on skeletal form o Biomechanical interpretation of sharp and blunt force injuries to bone

11 What is Forensic Anthropology? Three Major Tasks o Identify Victim o Reconstruct post-mortem period o Provide data about death event Forensic Anthropology

12 History of Forensic Anthropology First in Guide to Identification of Human Skeletal Material by FBI Trotter in repatriated bodies of WWII soldiers in Hawaii 1979 First Textbook

13 Today Forensic Anthropologists can determine age, sex, height, ancestry and some behavior Work with pathologists, entomologists Work in labs at universities and medical institutions; work with law enforcement and medical examiners

14 Secrets in the Bones Examining the bones can reveal: o If the bones are human o The age o The height o The sex o Injuries o Nature of wounds o History of accidents/injury o Medical and childbearing history

15 Three Fields of Forensic Anthropology Forensic Osteology: study of the skeleton Forensic Archaeology: controlled collection and excavation of human remains Forensic Taphonomy: study of changes occurring to human remains at the time of and after death including trauma, decomposition and environmental modification.

16 What do Forensic Anthropologists Ask When Identifying Remains? Are they human? How many individuals? Sex? Age? How long ago did they die? Manner and cause of death?

17 How can you become a Forensic Anthropologist? Major in Anthropology Courses In Biology & Physical Sciences Also: statistics, archaeology, anatomy and osteology Ph.D. in anthropology (human anatomy and osteology) Experience in Field Exam from American Board of Forensic Anthropology

18 You will also need Record of research, papers and publications in the field Lectures and participation in professional training in forensics College teaching experience Trial experience Only 50 certified

19 Other Specialties Facial reproduction Radiography Dental analysis Analyze special evidence: o Insects o Blood o Hair o Fur o DNA analysis Mass Disaster Assistance

20 Employment Usually will teach at universities or work in museums Usually consult Part time

21 Services offered by Forensic Anthropology Lab Collected recovery of remains & evidence Analysis of remains for positive ID Clarification of circumstances of death Presentation of evidence and opinions in court

22 Things That Forensic Anthropologists CANNOT Do Autopsies Final Determination of cause or manner of death Final positive identification from dental or medical X-Rays Weight

23 Review Describe Forensic Anthropology Describe the history of Forensic Anthropology Identify the three fields of Forensic Anthropology Describe the requirements to become a Forensic Anthropologist

24 Learn Long Live Long

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