Forensic Anthropology

Bullet holes, bloodstains and brain matter marked the walls of an empty barn, a crime scene processed to document the worst crime in Europe since the Second World War: the deliberate killings of more than 7,000 men and boys from the Bosnian town of...
by Emma Daly, Human Rights Watch
10:51am
12.20.2017
It could take months before DNA from the remains of three children found in Montana can be compared with DNA in the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers due to a backlog of cases awaiting DNA testing, Michigan state police said Friday.
by Corey Williams, Associated Press
9:37am
12.18.2017
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The military has identified 100 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago, officials said Friday. The milestone comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug...
by Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
9:57am
12.4.2017
It’s been 22 years since Bosnia’s bloody 1992-95 war ended, yet the remains of numerous victims of genocide and war crimes still await identification. Forensic anthropologist Dragana Vucetic spends her working hours in a forensic facility in the...
by Associated Press
12:35pm
11.20.2017
Estimating the postmortem interval (PMI) of skeletonized remains is difficult without soft tissues to examine, and few quantitative methods exist to make a precise estimate only from bone. A research team from Lincoln Memorial University is seeking...
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1:52pm
11.3.2017
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Researchers at the University of Dundee have recreated the face of an 18th-century "witch" who died in jail before she could be burned for her "crimes." Lilias Adie, from Torryburn, Fife, died in 1704 while held in prison for her "confessed" crimes...
by University of Dundee
11:18am
10.31.2017
Identifying a body when only bones are left behind can be difficult—and even more difficult is identifying skeletal remains that have been damaged and dispersed in the aftermath of a fire
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1:49pm
10.25.2017
Search and rescue crews, accompanied by search dogs and forensic anthropologists, continue searching the ruins of California's wildfires for human remains. At least 40 people have been killed and 74 remain missing after the fires blazed through...
by Sam Gross, USA Today
1:16pm
10.16.2017
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About 1,000 human skulls collected from Africa during the era of colonialism will be investigated by German antiquities authorities. The “menschliche Uberreste” (human remains) will be scrutinized by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the...
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11:15am
10.9.2017
A grisly investigation has begun to establish whether a headless skeleton in a Highland mausoleum is that of a notorious 18th century clan chief. Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat, a Jacobite sympathizer who backed Bonnie Prince Charlie, was...
by Auslan Cramb, The Telegraph
12:38pm
10.6.2017
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For almost a century, the people of the Kutjungka region of Western Australia have passed on the testimony of massacres of their ancestors at Sturt Creek. Now Flinders University researchers have found scientific evidence that indicates bodies of...
by Flinders University
11:29am
10.6.2017
The remains of at least 65 victims have been retrieved from a mass grave recently found in central Bosnia, forensic experts said Tuesday about the site of one of the most gruesome crimes of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
by Sabina Niksic, Associated Press
10:54am
9.20.2017
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Tests show that the remains in a suburban Philadelphia grave are indeed those of a 19th century serial killer, quelling rumors that he’d conned his way out of execution and escaped from prison.
by Associated Press
9:39am
9.5.2017
Archaeological work and follow-up DNA analysis have now identified a 20th century mass grave outside the walls of a former jail in Bialystok, Poland as the scene of a Nazi SS war crime. The identification now casts into doubt an even bigger grave...
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12:30pm
8.31.2017
Investigators hope tests on a three-ton hunk of concrete will soon solve the 1989 disappearance of a young mother, by determining whether her remains were fed through wood chipper and then entombed in the basement of a Pennsylvania duplex.
by Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
10:16am
8.28.2017
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The face of a 19th century murderer has been revealed using modern forensic techniques. John Howison, known as the Cramond Murderer following a brutal killing in the Scottish village in 1831, is the subject of a new museum exhibition.
by Neil Pooran, STV News
11:13am
8.15.2017
Forensic scientists are holding detailed talks with the government about setting up Britain’s first body farm, where researchers would study decomposing human corpses.
by Robin McKie, The Guardian
12:20pm
8.8.2017
Shark feeding habits are helping scientists identify marks on human bones found in the ocean. Knowing how to identify shark tooth marks can be helpful for forensic anthropologists so they can discern them from other marks that might help with...
by Florida Museum of Natural History
12:27pm
7.20.2017
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Swiss police say they've formally identified two bodies found on an Alpine glacier as those of a couple missing for nearly 75 years. Police said Wednesday that forensic experts using DNA analysis identified the two as husband and wife pair Marcelin...
by CBS/AP
10:52am
7.19.2017
Bioarchaeological scientists in Athens, Greece will use forensic techniques to uncover the history of 80 skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in the country last year. They will perform a battery of tests—particularly gene,...
by Hurriyet Daily News
11:48am
7.17.2017
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Craniometrics, the measurements of skull shapes, has been a critical anthropological and forensic tool. But the increasingly complex racial mixtures in the United States have complicated what was once a simpler set of markers. So-called “admixture”...
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11:51am
7.13.2017
Advocacy groups say DNA samples taken by non-governmental organizations working to identify immigrant remains are being denied access to an FBI database used to make matches in missing persons cases because law enforcement didn’t collect the sample.
by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
10:35am
7.5.2017
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Cyprus' Committee on Missing Persons has worked diligently for 11 years to help heal a gaping wound from this east Mediterranean island's tortured past. It has begun investing in new technologies like the Geographic Information System, or GIS, that...
by Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press
10:51am
6.26.2017
An Air Force Airman First Class who was listed as a deserter for 43 years has been located. The skull of Rudy Redd Victor was found in 1982, a short distance from where he was last seen, and his fate was determined through a breakthrough dental...
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1:41pm
6.23.2017
Alison Galloway identifies skeletal material in forensics cases in Central California. Law enforcement agencies and coroner’s offices send 15 to 25 cases a year to Galloway for examination. Her job is to “speak for the dead."
by Aylin Woodward
4:27pm
6.14.2017
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