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  Forensic Sciences
By definition, the word forensic comes from the Latin word "forensic," meaning "to the forum." The forum was the basis of Roman law and was a place of public discussion and debate pertinent to the law.
Forensic anthropology is the application of the science of physical anthropology to the legal process.
Forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to identify human remains, and to assist in the detection of crime.
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  Forensic Science - MSN Encarta
Forensic science is used in monitoring the compliance of various countries with such international agreements as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention and to learn whether a country is developing a secret nuclear weapons program.
Within the broad area of forensic science, there are many subspecialties, including pathology (the examination of body tissues and fluids), toxicology (the study of poisons, including drugs), odontology (the study of teeth), psychiatry, anthropology (the study of human beings), biology, chemistry, and physics.
Forensic scientists may choose to be certified by the American Board of Criminalistics, a professional organization that has developed examinations to certify individual forensic scientists in their particular area of expertise.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761560449/Forensic_Science.html   (1032 words)

 History Detectives . Investigative Techniques . Forensic Anthropology | PBS
Anthropology is the scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
Forensic anthropologists are trained physical anthropologists who apply their knowledge of biology, science, and culture to the legal process.
A forensic anthropologist might find a bony ridge on the wrist and decide the decedent may have been someone who used their hands for a living, such as a chef or seamstress.
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 History of forensic anthropology :: Auriell's page
Forensic anthropology is a science that evolved from different tactics in the past.
Forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to identify human remains, and to assist in the detection of crime.
Forensic anthropologists frequently work in conjunction with forensic anthropologists, odontologists, and homicide investigators to identify a decedent, the manner of death, and/or the postmortem interval.
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 Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to identify human remains, and to assist in the detection of crime." Given the emphasis on skeletons, there is a strong link between forensic anthropology and odontology.
The science of forensic anthropology includes archaeological excavation; examination of hair, insects, plant materials and footprints; determination of elapsed time since death; facial reproduction; photographic superimposition; detection of anatomical variants; and analysis of past injury and medical treatment.
Forensic anthropologists generally work with forensic pathologists, odontologists, and homicide investigators to point out evidence of foul play and assist with time of death estimates.
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 Frequently Asked Questions
Forensic science is the application of scientific methods and processes to matters that involve crime or the public.
A forensic scientist is a scientist who usually works in a laboratory setting analyzing particular types of evidence, writing reports and testifying in court as an expert witness.
A forensic pathologist is a medical doctor whose job is to determine the cause and/or manner of death in cases of suspicious death.
www.forensic.msu.edu /frequentlyaskedquestions.htm   (1383 words)

 ScienceDaily: Anthropology   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Anthropology is distinguished from other social-science disciplines by its emphasis on cultural relativity, in-depth examination of context, and cross-cultural comparisons.
Anthropology -- Anthropology consists of the study of humanity.
Professionals in many disciplines, from archeology to forensic science and anthropology, must be able to identify organic and inorganic fibers and particles.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/anthropology   (1477 words)

 Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology is the application of the science of physical anthropology to modern forensic cases.
This is what allows a forensic anthropologist to do his or her job in the personal identification of skeletal remains when they are discovered.
Most forensic anthropologists are faculty members at the college or university level, and practice their forensic work as a sideline (as I do).
inside.msj.edu /academics/faculty/murraye/forensic.htm   (626 words)

Forensic anthropology is a sub field of the forensic sciences.
Forensic anthropology primarily relies on the study of osteology, the study of bones, to make itÕs observations.
Forensic anthropology is an applied area of anthropology, most of anthropology is conducted within the realm of academia, forensic anthropology applies its knowledge to a practical problem.
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 Sue Black Personal Page
Forensic anthropology is best described as the analysis of human remains for the medicolegal purposes of establishing identity.
Being able to assign a name to the deceased is critical to the successful outcome of all legal investigations and this task becomes increasing complex as the body passes through the transitional taphonomic stages of decomposition from a fresh corpse to disarticulated skeletal remains.
Within the last 10 years, forensic anthropology has come to play an increasingly important role in judicial investigations both within the UK and internationally, being core to issues of repatriation, mass disasters and war crimes.
www.dundee.ac.uk /biocentre/uafa_sb.htm   (402 words)

 Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology is the application of the theories, knowledge, and techniques of the subdisciplines of Biological Anthropology and Archaeology within a legal context.
Traditionally, forensic anthropologists have been involved in the recovery and analysis of the remains and associated evidence of recently deceased individuals.
This course will explore the role of anthropologists in such forensic death investigations, but will also promote a more expansive view of the scope of forensic anthropology by examining the contributions of forensic anthropologists to the investigation of violations of historic preservation and cultural heritage laws.
www.indiana.edu /~arch/saa/matrix/fa.html   (205 words)

 Daniel J. Wescott, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia
Forensic anthropology requires specialized training and experience, but most importantly it also requires a solid background in science and the holistic approach used by anthropologists.
This course is a general survey of forensic anthropology, focusing on methods and techniques used to establish a biological profile, estimated time-since-death, and reconstruct trauma.
The disadvanteges to studying forensic anthropology at MU include: 1) the department does not offer a graduate level course specifically in forensic anthropology at this time, 2) the amount of casework students are exposed to varies greatly, and 3) the department has limited in-house skeletal collections for conducting forensic anthropological research.
web.missouri.edu /~wescottd/forensicanth.html   (1245 words)

 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Forensic Anthropology is the branch of physical anthropology primarily concerned with the postmortem identification of human remains in a medicolegal context.
The general rule should be that wherever possible, the forensic anthropologist should be present both at the crime scene and in the mortuary.
If the remains are recent and fleshed then a forensic anthropologist could probably add little to the procedures at this stage although if identification of the deceased becomes a problem then they should be contacted as soon as practical.
www.bahid.org /docs/NCF_Anthro.html   (2260 words)

 The Forensic Science Service
The book then moves on to the forensic aspects of anthropology: distinguishing human from non-human bone, processing of death scenes, estimating post mortem interval, preparing recovered remains for detailed examination and assessing population ancestry (race), sex, age at death, and stature.
Forensic toxicologists and pathologists are often called upon to interpret alcohol concentrations found in post-mortem specimens or in mishandled blood specimens.
A reference work dedicated to the forensic science of alcohol, to include its disposition in the body, decomposition influence, legal considerations, and many other facets is often needed and sought by these experts.
www.forensic.gov.uk /forensic_t/inside/books/anthropology.htm   (1110 words)

 Anthropology Societies
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) - The mission of NAPA is to promote the practice of anthropology and the interests of practicing anthropologists, and to further the practice of anthropology as a profession.In 1994 the NAPA in association with AAA produced a valuable video entitled Anthropologists at Work.
The purpose of the journal is to stimulate debate on and development of ideas and methods in medical anthropology and to explore the relationships of medical anthropology to both health practice and the parent discipline of anthropology.
University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a part of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
www.wadsworth.com /anthropology_d/special_features/anthro_on_web.html   (2065 words)

 Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropology is principally concerned with the description and identification of human remains for medico-legal purposes.
It is a field within biological anthropology and uses that discipline to understand the variation in the human body and apply this to identifying the individual.
For students graduating from the Forensic Anthropology programme there are opportunities to pursue careers in forensic laboratories, teaching or research (e.g., universities and museums), industry and government laboratories, allied health sciences, and science education.
www.ljmu.ac.uk /BIE/83807.htm   (298 words)

 UNCW Forensic Anthropology
Anthropology is typcially comprised of three subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical (aka biological) anthropology.
Other disciplines in physical anthropology: genetics, human growth and development, primatology (study of primates), paleoanthropology (primate and human evolution), human osteology (study of the skeleton), paleodemography (vital statistics of past populations), skeletal biology, nutrition, dental anthropology, human adaptation and variation (to different climates, altitudes, etc.)--and this is just to name a few...
Forensic pathologists hold a doctor of medicine degree (MD), which requires a bachelor's degree with "pre-med" courses, four years of medical school, followed by a residency in pathology, then further training in forensic pathology.
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 Forensic Anthropology
Anthropology is a vast field of study, and so is archaeology, both of which can be applied forensic sciences (see Syllabus and Lecture Notes for Forensic Archaeology).
Often divided into two areas, anthropology is either: (1) the science that deals with the origins, cultural development, characteristics, social customs and beliefs of humankind (cultural anthropology); and (2) the study of humanity's similarity to and divergence from other animals (physical anthropology).
It's generally agreed that forensic anthropology is the application of the science of physical anthropology to the identification of skeletal, badly decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains.
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 Anthropology Lab
Forensic Anthropology is a subset of Physical Anthropology.
Forensic anthropologists examine skeletal remains to provide age, race, sex, and height of the skeleton.
To determine the manner of death, analyzation of fracture patterns enable a forensic anthropologist to reconstruct a trauma.
www.ncsu.edu /kenanfellows/2002/pligon/forensics/labs/AnthropologyLab.html   (0 words)

 Anthropology Department
The Forensic Anthropology option is not a degree in forensic anthropology; rather, it is a degree in Anthropology with a focus on the forensic applications.
Some graduates in Forensic Anthropology do find employment in law enforcement or with the military, and the prospects for the future are encouraging.
An MA degree in Anthropology, with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology, will prepare the student for alternate careers, including some in law enforcement (such as Death Investigation), museums (primarily in Human Osteology and Repatriation), and Junior Colleges (teaching).
www.calstatela.edu /academic/anthro/forensic.htm   (0 words)

 Forensic Anthropology Information Guide
According to the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, forensic anthropology is the application of the science of physical anthropology to the legal process.
Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute is the teaching, research, and applied research entity composed of the Anthropology/ Archaeology and Geology departments at Mercyhurst College which shares the twin missions of conducting the highest quality research while intensively training the next generation of archaeologists, anthropologists, forensic anthropologists and geoarchaeologists.
Among many other things, The Forensic Anthropology Center at the The University of Tennessee offers some extremely useful information relating to what forensic anthropology is, what forensic anthropologists do and don't do, what training forensic anthropologists need, where forensic anthropologists work, as well as case scenarios that would employ the services of a forensic anthropologist.
www.all-about-forensic-science.com /forensic-anthropology.html   (655 words)

 ipedia.com: Forensic anthropology Article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Forensic anthropology refers to the use of physical anthropology in a legal setting.
The adjective "forensic" refers to the application of science to a court of law.
Forensic anthropology is one of the divisions of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
www.ipedia.com /forensic_anthropology.html   (296 words)

 The Forensic Antropologist
The science of forensic anthropology includes archeological excavation; examination of hair, insects, plant materials and footprints; determination of elapsed time since death; facial reproduction; photographic superimposition; detection of anatomical variants; and analysis of past injury and medical treatment.
Consequently, the forensic anthropologist should participate in the investigation of the crime scene and, especially, in the recovery of human skeletal remains.
Forensic anthropologists have much to contribute to law enforcement and would welcome the opportunity to assist in the successful resolution of an investigation.
www.crimeandclues.com /forensicanthropologist.htm   (1886 words)

 A History of Smithsonian-FBI Collaboration in Forensic Anthropology, Especially in Regard to Facial Imagery, by ...
As his interests shifted to anthropology, he was hired in 1903 as the first curator of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian.
As his interests shifted toward comparative human osteology and anthropology in general, he gradually became involved in problems within the area of physical anthropology that is recognized today as forensic anthropology.
Stewart also assumed the role of primary consultant in forensic anthropology for the FBI and personally reported on at least 167 cases between 1946 and 1969, mostly of skeletonized human remains submitted to the FBI from law enforcement agencies.
www.fbi.gov /hq/lab/fsc/backissu/oct2000/ubelaker.htm   (2559 words)

 Department of Forensic & Investigative Science - UClan
The MSc in Forensic Anthropology is a one-year taught Master’s Programme consisting of two semester’s coursework and one semester of an original research project.
The MSc in Forensic Anthropology is designed to enable graduate students to develop skills in a variety of areas, which concern the processing, analysis, and identification of human remains.
She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, a Certified Registered Forensic Practitioner in Anthropology, a Council Member of the British Association for Human Identification, and a Fellow of the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, where she is also a member of the ad hoc Ethics Committee.
www.uclan.ac.uk /facs/science/forensic/courses/masters_anthro.htm   (1495 words)

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