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Sara Rofofsky Marcus

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 32: Forensic Anthropology

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Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropology

Forensic anthropology involves the identification of an individual. As such, it can be considered a medico-legal subspecialty of both physical anthropology and forensic science. Forensic anthropology focuses on the study of human osteology in order to make a positive identification, while physical anthropology focuses on the study of our species in terms of primate evolution, human genetics, and biological variations. A difference between physical anthropology and forensic anthropology is the age of the human remains. Physical anthropology is interested in all ages, while the focus of forensic anthropology is specific to human remains that are less than 50 years old. A second difference between physical anthropology and forensic anthropology is that while each analyzes human remains, forensic anthropology does so in order ...

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