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Forensic Anthropology They are speaking secrets to me and to my students yielding up hidden information furnishing ideas and evidence to the world of the living Maples 33 This is a quote from the book Dead Men Do Tell Tales written by Williams R Maples PhD He is referring to bones and how many stories they can tell to Forensic Anthropologists Forensic anthropology is the examination of skeletal remains This examination can be used to first determine if the remains are in fact human Then the forensic anthropologist can determine the gender approximate age physical build and likely racial link of the person in life The identification of skeletal badly decomposed or otherwise an unidentified human remains is important for both legal and civilized reasons Forensic anthropologists often work in concurrence with forensic pathologists odontologists and homicide investigators to identify a decedent discover evidence of foul play andor the postmortem time I often go to Sears and look at the tools there to see if any match up to the holes in the skulls that come to this laboratory24 There are many different ways to identify skeletons including finding a tool that matches a hole in a skull of a victim Also just by looking at skull many forensic anthropologists can tell the age sex race and physical build of a victim just by their own knowledge From just one bone William concluded this I found the individual is a male probably from Asia and in his late twenties and of short stature109 Amazingly from just his own knowledge he found the most important details needed in identifying skeletal remains William Maples the author of the book I choose to read also uses x-rays More than any other of my colleagues I use x-rays They are extremely sensitive and capable of showing extremely fine detail 54 This can be used to see the exact curvatures of a bullet hole to match it with a
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