Forensic Anthropology and the Determination of Ancestry
Forensic Anthropologists aim to identify skeletal remains. Assessing ancestry can assist in the building of a biological profile and therefore provide a more specific pool of possible identifications. Currently, the United States primarily recognizes just a few ancestral groups in forensic anthropology to estimate an individual’s ancestry: African, European, and Asian/Native American. Hispanic populations are not as well documented, and the assessment of their ancestry is considered to be a more complex process (Hefner, Pilloud, Black, Anderson, 2015). A system…...
Forensic Anthropology: The Romanov Case
During the last Imperial ruling in Soviet Union Russia, the last family Romanov was murdered without any alarm or cause. The Romanov family consisted of five children, Olga who was twenty-two, Tatiana who was twenty-one, Anastasia who was seventeen, and Alexei who was only thirteen at this time. Their loyal servants such as their family doctor Mr. E. Botkin who was sixty-one at the time, their housemaid, Ms. A. Demidova who was only twenty, the cook I. Kharitonov who was…...
Identification by Facial Reconstruction
Out of the great number of faces that have been formed since the creation of the world, no two faces are alike and each face is unique. The Human face is one of the most important social tools. Human Facial reconstruction is an approach employs in the field of forensics, which is often used as a last resort to identify when a crime involves unidentified skeletal remains; it is a process of re-making the face of a person from the…...
Anthropology: The Study of Humankind
Humankind is a complex subject matter that requires a vast array of knowledge in essentially what is known as Anthropology. The overall information in which anthropology attempts to cover is abundant, which is where the four subfields, biological, cultural, linguistic, and archaeology come in an attempt to explain the phenomena that is humans. Biological Anthropology, sometimes called physical anthropology, is concerned with studying the human species on an intimate level, focusing on its past and present evolution in an attempt…...
Publication Forensic Skeleton Resurrection
In the case study, “Dem Bones: Forensic Resurrection of a Skeleton”, a forensic anthropologist is called out to a crime scene. The forensic anthropologist is “Professor Thomas McCune who specialized in human remains and at the crime scene, he has presented a human femur, which was dug up by a dog” (Bruce 1). He was later shown that the rest of the body had been buried in a shallow grave that had been there for some time. They together tried…...
Challenging Forensic Scientist’s Responsibilities
Questions 1. What is forensic science? The application of science to the criminal justice system 2. What three tasks or responsibilities does a forensic scientist have? Three responsibilities of a forensic scientist are collect and analyze evidence, and train other law enforcement or officials in how to record and collect evidence 3. What criteria might be used to establish someone as an expert witness? Criteria used to establish an expert witness might be the person’s degrees, and the number of…...
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