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Friday, March 21, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: The Forensic Anthropologist

Forensic anthropologists, unlike medical examiners, cannot actually determine cause of death because they are not medical doctors. In a forensic case, it is the forensic anthropologist's job to determine…from bones race, ancestry, sex, and age. [Physical stature can also be determined.] Through their examination of human remains, if there are definitive markers that seem to contribute to a person's death, like bullet fragments embedded in bone, then [forensic anthropologists] can determine what is called the "manner of death." [Not really. How could the anthropologist know if the deceased was murdered, committed suicide, or accidentally shot himself?]

Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch, Bodies We've Buried, 2006 

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