Could an assessment of old notes using modern techniques solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart? The findings, published in the journal Forensic Anthropology, suggest an advancement in forensic anthropology may help to identify a set of human remains found on a South Pacific island, and originally assessed in 1941, belonging to those of the famed […]
Ongoing Research into estimating time of death
Funded by the Department of Justice, a team from several colleges, universities, and clinics is developing techniques that may be used to estimate the postmortem interval in skeletal remains. The 2-year project is looking for biomarkers in the bone marrow that remains for long period after death, and testing if decay can be measured quantitatively. […]
Shark bite, anyone?
Taphonomic damage can be assessed, even with remains recovered from the ocean. Scientist are using the feeding habits of sharks to identify if a crime has been committed. Read more of the article published in Forensic Magazine.
Border Body Farm
Forensic anthropology often involves working with materials in different states of decomposition. Listen to the story on NPR to find out how one of these “body farms,” known as the Forensic Investigation Research Station manages their specimens and data collection.