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Forensic Anthropology [E]



Forensic Anthropology is an applied field of biological anthropology. In this course, we'll broadly review the field of Forensic Anthropology and learn how the science of biological or physical anthropology is applied to legal processes. Students will: 1. be introduced to basic skeletal biology and learn how bones develop and change through life; 2. learn the techniques to create biological profiles of skeletal remains (determine age, sex, and ancestry); and 3. recognize pathologies (diseases or injuries) present on the remains and determine whether they are antemortem, perimortem, or post-mortem afflictions. We will also discuss the proper procedure used to extract skeletal elements from a potential crime scene, and examine the ethical issues involved when working with human skeletal remains, particularly those from potential victims of violent crimes and/or from indigenous or minority communities.