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Christian Petersen

Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Anthropology is the application of knowledge of the human skeleton in a medicolegal context. The discipline of Forensic Anthropology allows a human osteologist to answer questions about a set of human remains for law enforcement. Topics covered in this lecture include: location and recovery of human skeletal remains, the assessment of age, sex, stature and race, and assessment of the individual’s general physical condition at the time of death as well as the analysis of damage patterns found on the remains.

State Standards

This presentation meets the following state education standards for high school students:

Social Studies

World History and Civilization

6-9.WHC.1.6.1 Describe types of evidence used by anthropologists, archaeologists, and other scholars to reconstruct early human and cultural development.