Forensic Anthropology

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
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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
Forensic anthropology researchers have developed a technique that can provide an approximate age for juveniles and young people based on an X-ray of the frontal sinus region of the skull. The technique can be used to help identify human remains in...
by North Carolina State University
11:28am
6.5.2017
Work will start later this month on identifying the bodies of unknown Argentine soldiers in the Falklands. The International Committee of the Red Cross will take DNA samples from 123 graves in Darwin cemetery, which will be compared with those of...
by BBC News
11:08am
6.2.2017
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A new study finds that bones could contribute their own protein palette to forensic investigations of the future. The research team found that the best preserved protein molecules are found deep in the shaft of the long bones such as the femur. Some...
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12:39pm
5.25.2017
Police believe human remains found in the back yard of a Spanish Fork home Monday may help solve a 1988 missing-persons case. A resident and a friend dug down into the dirt floor of a cement cellar on the property and located a human skull.
by Mariah Noble, The Salt Lake Tribune
11:23am
5.23.2017
For the past four years, a forensics team from the University of Indianapolis has traveled to Texas to exhume and conduct forensic analyses on the remains of migrants who died making the treacherous journey into the United States.
by University of Indianapolis
11:52am
5.19.2017
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Bernard Greenberg's study of maggots led to work that would often seem like something out of the pages of a thriller. Greenberg would assist in murder investigations by helping to determine details of the death from the presence or absence of bugs...
by Graydon Megan, Chicago Tribune
11:27am
5.15.2017
A "body farm" where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies. Officials broke ground Friday on the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a five-acre patch of land north of...
by Tamara Lush, Associated Press
10:50am
5.15.2017
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In an unprecedented finding, researchers spotted a deer chewing on a human rib during a study aimed at examining how human remains decompose in the wild. Researchers at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Texas caught the deer...
by Delaney Chambers, National Geographic
12:28pm
5.8.2017
Four years ago, teams doing some minor roadwork at the University of Mississippi Medical Center found 66 coffins from the era of the former Mississippi State Asylum. Now some 7,000 graves are thought to be on the campus, according to local reports.
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12:03pm
5.8.2017
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Northern Michigan University says its upcoming body farm will be the eighth in the world and first-ever focused on studying human decomposition in cold weather. This week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill giving the university 2.5 acres next to the...
by Tanda Gmiter, MLive
12:21pm
5.5.2017
A new deep dive into the DNA of the hundreds of nameless dead who have died from heat, exposure or even homicide while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, has indicated they have disproportionately greater Native American ancestry rather than...
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11:44am
5.4.2017
The body of a 19th century serial killer is being exhumed at the request of his great-grandchildren, who hope identifying his remains will quell centuries-old rumors that he conned his way out of his execution and escaped from prison.
by Kristen De Groot, Associated Press
9:33am
5.4.2017
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The Florida state senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday issuing a formal apology to victims of abuse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, which opened in 1900 and closed in 2011. Students at the school were subjected to severe abuse,...
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4:34pm
4.26.2017
A fluke discovery of human bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the...
by Keith Ridler, Associated Press
8:52am
4.26.2017
"Ötzi the Iceman" is the world’s most perfectly preserved mummy, a man from the Copper Age who was frozen inside a glacier and discovered in 1991 after it melted. His cause of death remained uncertain until 10 years later, when an X-ray pointed to...
by Rod Nordland, New York Times
10:34am
3.29.2017
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More than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz, prosecutors said Tuesday. Veracruz prosecutor Jorge Winckler said the clandestine pits...
by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
12:32pm
3.15.2017
Construction crews working on an apartment building in Philadelphia's historic district began to unearth coffins and fully intact human remains last month. Forensic scientists are now working to recover, analyze and identify the 18th century remains.
by Kristen De Groot, Associated Press
12:20pm
3.10.2017
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A new report, "The Mary Jane Kelly Project," has revealed the likelihood of locating and identifying the last known victim of Britain's most infamous serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper," who is thought to have killed at least five young women...
by University of Leicester
11:48am
3.10.2017
In the cold case of an unidentified victim, forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle works tirelessly using a range of scientific techniques to find justice for a woman who was murdered and dumped in Tampa, Florida over 30 years ago.
by Tamara Lush, Associated Press
11:32am
3.9.2017
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A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced Friday in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a...
by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
11:03am
3.3.2017
Researchers have reconstructed the face of a Pictish man they showed to have been brutally murdered 1,400 years ago. Archaeologists excavating a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, found the man's skeleton buried in a recess of the cave.
by University of Dundee
11:36am
2.21.2017
A top forensics expert is to exhume remains at the Wardlaw Mausoleum at Kirkhill near Inverness to determine whether they belong to 11th Lord Lovat, chief of Clan Fraser, who was beheaded at the Tower of London in 1747.
by Alison Campsie, The Scotsman
8:47am
2.14.2017
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Something rather special is happening: the scientific skill sets developed while investigating crime scenes, homicides and mass fatalities are being put to use outside the courtroom. Forensic anthropology is one field where this is happening.
by Patrick Randolph-Quinney, University of Central Lancashire, Anthony Sinclair, Emma Nelson, and Jason Hall, University of Liverpool, The Conversation
10:35am
1.10.2017
Here's a fascinating story about advances in forensic anthropology based around a creepy case of an archaeologist who had several open coffins full of human remains in his home.
by Andrea James, Boing Boing
11:23am
1.6.2017
Identifying someone after death is no easy task, especially if the deceased person is believed to be an undocumented immigrant. But a team of forensic anthropologists and college students are attempting to do just that, exhuming nearly a dozen human...
by Oscar Margain, Kens 5
11:17am
1.6.2017
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The remains of a U.S. sailor missing since World War II have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
by NWF Daily News
11:13am
1.6.2017
With the new year, a group of local college students are setting off on a long-distance field trip providing an unusual but vital service.
by Bruce Kopp, WTHR
11:02am
1.3.2017
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On 18 July 2011, Celia García Velázquez’s son Alfredo disappeared. The 33-year-old lived in a town called Chiconquiaco in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and at the time of his disappearance he was running for president of his municipality against a...
by Lizzie Wade, Science
10:33am
12.16.2016
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