Criminal Justice: Forensic Anthropology And Facial Reconstruction

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Madison Munn Criminal Justice Forensic Anthropology and Facial Reconstruction Forensic Anthropology is a physical and biological study that revolves around the human skeletal system, using the bones of the deceased to determine the cause of death, to the very country they were born in. Facial Reconstruction is a big part in very old cases with decomposed bodies, it also is a large factor in finding children that have been lost for long periods of time. Unlike Forensic Anthropology, however, someone’s face can be reconstructed without their bones. People have been able to use old pictures of people when they were little to help create a profile of what the child might look like in 5-10 years from the last previous sighting. People can be severely…show more content…
But a good portion of the time they only have a previous picture to go off of or a skull. If the body is unidentified it might be hard to determine race, eye color, hair color, some of the most distinct things we recall people by. If there is a full Skelton to work with then it will become much easier to determine these facts through the DNA throughout the bones. In these ways Forensic Anthropology and Facial Recognition go hand and hand when identifying a decomposing…show more content…
They also determine the measurements of the brows and the distance and positioning between the pupils, or the interorbital distance. The Outline of the face, jaw line shape, and prominence of the chin can also be determined by morphology. They then use the lateral profile of the skull and the overall configuration of the head to determine what kind of imaging would best show the dimensions of the victim. Anthropologists can use either 2-D or 3-D computer imaging for recreate the face. Then it is up the artist for further feature interpretations. Features like shape of the lips, mouth, and ears. Then the very hard to determine the fine lines on the face. Aging the face like crow's feet, smile creases, and skin sagging. Hair styles and color can also be difficult to determine especially with the ability to be changed. This becomes much easier to determine when pictures of the victim of missing person are

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