Forensic Anthropology

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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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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