ANT205H5 Lecture Notes - Forensic Anthropology, Metacarpal Bones, Ossuary

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Published on 13 Apr 2013
School
UTM
Department
Anthropology
Course
ANT205H5
Professor
ANT205 Lecture 5
FORENSIC SIGNIFICANCE
-to reduce police workload, ie. Save time and effort
-reduce stress of families with missing relatives
-usually human skeleton remains if forensic significant
Sometimes animal remains:
-poaching
-case from BC
HUMAN VS. ANIMAL REMAINS (JUST SOME STATS)
-Doag Ubelaker (Smithsonian)
-10-15% animal
-Bill Bass (n of Tennessee)
-25-30% non-human
-Dr. Rogers cases (n=70)
-animal = 27
-archaeological = 13
-historic = 5%
-human non forensic = 9%
- forensic = 46%
*** ie. Lower chance by 50% -- save time
*know the human skeleton in details
*complete bones not difficult to determine
*recommendation faunal archaeology (animal bones)
SIZE
-within normal adult size range, then consider shape, angle of joints
-with normal child range
-epiphyses (ends) = unfused
ANIMAL BONES MOST SIMILAR TO HUMAN
-non human primates
-most similar in infancy
- similarity decreases with age
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