A detailed examination is the first step in an accurate assessment of human remains.

Forensic anthropologists inventory osteological remains to provide a biological profile of the deceased. A biological profile includes an estimation of age, height, ancestry and sex.

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A photographic inventory

A photographic inventory of the laid out skeleton is an important step in the anthropological analysis. 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

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Learning Objectives

• identify physical features that make us unique
• distinguish between bodily features we can change and ones we cannot change
• interpret clues when analyzing data

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