Published Online: 1 January 1977
Page Count: 4
Associate professor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.
(Received 16 March 1976; accepted 21 June 1976)
Forensic anthropologists who work in the medicolegal area are frequently requested to examine the partial or complete remains of individuals, with the goal generally being the identification of the individual in regard to age, sex, race, and stature. These data may then be used in an attempt to learn the identity of the individual or individuals. The condition of the material available for analysis varies tremendously. Complete skeletons with or without soft tissue should present the fewest problems. Those bodies which are less complete, consisting of parts of a skeleton only, present more problems in identification and in many instances may not be identifiable at all, although there are instances on record of individuals being identified on the basis of a few teeth and fragments of a mandible or maxilla.
Paper ID: JFS10377J