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What Do the Bones Say? Forensic Anthropology. Combining the scientific techniques of anthropology with the investigative strategies of forensics to identify missing person remains and solve crimes. Unit 5, Investigation 3 Activity 3.1, p. 1 of 10.

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what do the bones say forensic anthropology

What Do the Bones Say?Forensic Anthropology

Combining the scientific techniques of anthropology with the investigative strategies of forensics to identify missing person remains and solve crimes.

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 1 of 10

what information would help you to describe and identify a missing person
What information would help you to describe and identify a missing person?

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 2 of 10

bones tell us many things
Bones tell us many things
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Build
  • Pathologies like old injuries

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 3 of 10

famous people in forensic anthropology
Famous People in Forensic Anthropology

Wyman and Keep, doctors at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Mildred Trotter, anatomy professor at University of Washington, St. Louis, Missouri

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 4 of 10

jeffries wyman and nathan keep
Jeffries Wyman and Nathan Keep
  • First recorded criminal case that used forensic anthropology was in 1849
  • Dr. John White Webster murdered Dr. George Parkman over a debt Webster owed

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 5 of 10

  • Webster burned Parkman’s body, put the

remains among 150 other bones in a

vault beneath his office at Harvard

Medical School

wyman harvard anatomy professor keep dentist
Wyman: Harvard anatomy professorKeep : Dentist
  • Wyman concluded that the remains matched Parkman’s height, weight, gender, age and build.
  • Keep matched teeth to dental records.
  • Webster was convicted of murder.

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 6 of 10

dr mildred trotter
Dr. Mildred Trotter

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 7 of 10

http://medcat.wustl.edu/cgi/arb.cgi?0:ig1:4:wim:Trotter,_Mildred,_1899-1991.:

mildred trotter
Mildred Trotter
  • Anthropologist and anatomist
  • Identified WWII soldiers’ remains at the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii from 1948 to 1949
  • First female to attain rank of full professor at the University of Washington
  • Created formulas to estimate height of a person based on length of long leg bones

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 8 of 10

long bones in your body include
Long bones in your body include:
  • Tibia is the shin bone.
  • Femur is the thigh bone.
  • Ulna is the outer bone of the lower arm.

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 9 of 10

our task see handout
Our Task (see handout)
  • Construction site unearths skeletal remains
  • One long bone is found – the ulna which measures 28.5 centimeters
  • To find the height of the person whose ulna

was found; and devise a formula for estimating a person’s height given the ulna length

Unit 5, Investigation 3

Activity 3.1, p. 10 of 10