ANTH3523Forensic Anthropology: Identifying the Missing and Mudererd (A)3 ch (1.5C 1.5L) (W)
This course introduces the field of forensic anthropology, which involves the application of biological anthropology methods to a medico-legal context. To identify human remains, forensic anthropologists assist law enforcement by determining age, sex, ancestry, stature, and unique features from the skeleton. Using decomposition rates, they can provide an estimate of the postmortem interval. Course topics include: establishing a forensic context, methods of scene recovery, estimating the postmortem interval, reconstruction of demographic information, and identification of bone pathology and trauma.Prerequisite: ANTH 3521 or permission of the instructor.