Anthropology In Forensic Anthropology

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Forensic Anthropology: Using Bones to Solve Murders Elizabeth Martin May 8, 2014 Ms. Yahle 4th period Forensic Anthropology: Using Bones to Solve Murders When someone says forensic anthropology, many minds go directly to beautiful woman working alongside good-looking men while they work to solve a murder in a day’s time, thanks to the media craze with homicide. The recently popular television show Bones, put the field of anthropology in the spotlight. Though the show gives fairly accurate information, many viewers, myself included, have developed a great curiosity for how the work is done. In this paper, I will share with you the answers to many of the questions I have asked myself in my many hours of watching this popular show, including: the process of identifying race, age and sex of a victim, determining whether an injury was antemortem, perimortem or postmortem, and how one is able to interpret the injuries in the case of the death. When a suspicious body appears in the morgue, the forensics team goes to work. The body, if still covered in tissue goes to the forensic pathologist who will study the tissue extensively. If a conclusion is unable to be reached through this process, the pathologist will remove the tissue from the bone and send the skeleton to the forensic anthropologist. In other cases, the victim is found with no to little tissue on the bone, making it nearly impossible for a layman to discover any identifying characteristics about the person. The forensic anthropologist’s first job is to determine the sex, age and race of the victim (Sauer, 1998). To do so, the anthropologist examines the overall sturdiness of the bones, as males tend to have larger bones and joint surface... ... middle of paper ... ...in the investigation process and bring closure to families and justice to victims. Reference List . Lovell, N. C. (1997). Trauma analysis in paleopathology. American journal of physical anthropology, 104(s 25), 139-170. Sauer, N. J. (1998). The timing of injuries and manner of death: distinguishing among antemortem, perimortem and postmortem trauma. Forensic Osteology, 2nd edition Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, 321-332. Unknown. (n.d.). Young or Old?. Written in Bone-. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/young_old.html Unknown. (n.d.). Ancestry. Written in Bone-. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/ancestry.html Unknown. (n.d.). Male or Female?. Written in Bone-. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/male_female.html

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