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What is forensic anthropology How is it useful in solving murder cases Forensic anthropology is the science of applying anthropological skills in a legal setting A forensic anthropologists job is to examine skeletons or bones often called remains to determine gender race age and ultimately cause of death and whowhat killed the victim Often times when the victim has been dead several years or the level of decomposition has been accelerated a forensic anthropologist is called in to investigate versus the remains being subjected to a routine medical examination done by a coroner Forensic anthropologists often work with forensic etymologists medical examiners although in most cases a routine examination cannot be conducted and someone who can do reconstructions When remains are found the FAs first job is to determine whether the bones are animal or human This may seem odd but many animal bones look similar to human bones If the remains are confirmed to be human the investigation continues Usually a FA can determine gender and age on the site Gender can be determined by the pelvis bone females have their sacrum tilted back and the ilia is wider while a males sacrum is tilted forward and his ilia is closer together Next they to determine the victims age This can be determined by many different factors The obvious factor is height bone growth Children and adolescents will have more bones than adults because they have not fused together yet Another is the teeth Youth and teens will not have fully developed their wisdom teeth The FA can usually determine on the scene whether the death was a homicide a suicide etc It is then that the body can be transferred
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