The Importance Of Forensic Anthropology

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Anthropology is known as the scientific study of a skeletal remains, whether it’s a human or animal. Forensic Anthropologists are trained experts that analyse human remains and also help in a number of forensic investigations for recovering evidence. They’re educated in a variety of subjects such as biology, osteology known as the study of bones and even culture. They use this knowledge in which they can look at human remains and will be able to identify how the person died and whether it was suicide, homicide, accidental or even natural causes (, 2014) Forensic anthropologists can also determine sexual elements by using sex, size (height), shape, age and sometimes the type of occupation they’ve worked in due to the overall health of the bones after the death. During my studies I decided to research more on how forensic anthropologists can determine the sex of a diseased person. They do this by using the shape of the skeleton known as morphology. The two methods that I found out were used most were the…show more content…
Male skulls in general are heavier than females, there also larger and more rugged whereas females are lighter, smaller and the thickness of the bones within the skull are thinner. The female orbits are much more round and have sharp margins, their frontal bone is also more vertical and smooth, overall the contour of a female facial skull is a lot smoother and round, the maxilla and mandible are smaller too. Male orbits are square looking and have rounder margins, their frontal bone tends to be more slanted backwards making it bigger than a female, and they also have thicker bones in their skull. A supraorbital ridge is known as the bone above the eye aka brow bone; in males it’s more pronounced and a females is less pronounced showing a smaller brow bone. (Forensic Anthropology 2000 -

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