22 Photos - Jul 13, 2012
Photo: This is typically the very first question when it comes to forensic anthropology (anthropology working with a law enforcement goal).Photo: Some of the following items are brought to our attention through family dogs - they do have a keen sense of smell!Photo: So....?  Is it human?Photo: Photo: Hmmm...Photo: About the right size.  I think the item on the right is anatomically a right not a left as this officer is suggesting.Photo: South Florida discovery.  Articular morphology, size, etc. all are important in knowing what you are looking at.Photo: A reasonable field scale to allow the viewer some sense of size.  These are the kinds of things forensic anthropologists find in their email boxes.Photo: No skin, cartlidge and dried meat and bone only.  Proportions of the digits are also of interest.  So, think it is human or not?Photo: Photo: Clearly not human but what is it?  Some sort of 'ungulate' but not a native of Florida.Photo: Cranial details, cranial morphology and dental features are all involved in making identifications.Photo: The ends have been chewed off, probably by dogs or coyotes.  Is it human or not?Photo: Seemingly a simple question but one that forensic anthropologist and archaeologists often have to answer.Photo: Maceration is one step in processing materials for a comparative collection.  Getting it clean is a necessary step for detailed analysis.Photo: We do, in fact, deal with lots of fragementary material, both human and animal.Photo: Details of articular surfaces (joints) are important in assessing whether it is human or not.  Is it human (another email)?Photo: From left to right, Humerus, Ulna and radius.  Human?Photo: Cut marks, probably from dismembering/processing.  Human?Photo: Radiography (x-rays) a standard part of forensic anthropology.  The short neck of the femur and subtle differences in digit features clearly distinguish these specimens from human material.Photo: Clearly not human.  A big bear paw (grizzly) that accidentally bit into a buried high voltage line.  Does that make it a 'self electrocution'?Photo: This is what a bear paw looks like when the claws have been removed and it is partially cleaned (probably by a taxidermist).  NOT A FORENSIC CASE.