Journal Published Online: 01 July 1999
Volume 44, Issue 4

Aleš Hrdlička's Role in the History of Forensic Anthropology



Although Aleš Hrdlička (1869–1943) is widely recognized as a central figure in the development of American physical anthropology, his contributions to forensic anthropology are not well known. The record shows he: 1) had training in legal medicine; 2) researched and published on issues of broad medico-legal interest; 3) reported on autopsies; 4) analyzed skeletal cases; 5) researched and testified on ancestry issues; and 6) maintained contact with FBI officials on medico-legal matters. His efforts in research and building collections helped to build the foundation for modern forensic anthropology.

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Ubelaker, DH
NMNH, MRC 112, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14544J