The Mystery Skull

Occasionally a forensic anthropologist receives unusual cases. A team of a forensic archaeologist, forensic biologist, forensic geoscientist, forensic botanist and forensic anthropologist employ a series of scientific tests to determine the origin of the deceased person. Surprisingly radiocarbon dating shows that the owner of this skull died between 4730 and 4850 years ago.

The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University
The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University

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The incisors show some “shoveling”.

The incisors show some “shoveling” – a scooping out on the tongue side that is usually found in people of Asian or aboriginal American ancestry. See the Teacher's Guide, Investigating Forensics, http://www.sfu.museum/forensics/an-en/pg_media-media_pg/professeur-pdfs-teachers/

The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University
The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University

© 2011, SFU Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. All Rights Reserved.


Learning Objectives

• develop awareness of collaborative work by forensic scientists
• make inferences based on scientific data
• use criteria to reach and justify a conclusion

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