Forensic Essay.docx - 1 Running Head THE IMPORTANCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY The Importance of Forensic Anthropology “Talking Skull” Case Analysis

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1 Running Head: THE IMPORTANCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY Raymundo The Importance of Forensic Anthropology: “Talking Skull” Case Analysis Kenneth Raymundo York University
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2 THE IMPORTANCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY Raymundo Introduction Forensic anthropologists study the human skeletal remains left in a crime scene. The primary role of forensic anthropologists is to determine the identification of the victim as well as examining the skeletal remains. In the case “Talking Skull,” forensic anthropologists are given a very difficult task, to determine the identity of a skull found in Missouri. The anthropologists are determined to find out who the skull belonged to and what events led up to that point. Forensic anthropologists play a very important role in determining identification, the cause of death, and manner of death. Forensic anthropology is an important topic to discuss and understand because most of the evidence and leads of a crime scene, begin with the bones. Skeletal remains do not decompose rapidly and can provide a number of unique characteristics to aid in identification: sex, approximate age, race, height, and the nature of a physical injury (Saferstein, 2014, p. 110). Forensic anthropology outlines the outcome of a criminal investigation and the procedures that must be followed. The case “Talking Skull” appeals to me because the forensic anthropologists were given only a small amount of evidence; and yet, justice was still brought to the victim, Bun Chee, after being silenced for so long. There were many procedures that led forensic anthropologists closer and closer towards finding Bun Chee’s murderer which sparks many interests; and in the end, Bun Chee is just one of the many victims of domestic violence that have been unseen for too long. The main issue of the case is finding out the identity of the victim, and the post- and antemortem.
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3 THE IMPORTANCE OF FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY Raymundo Science and Methods Used By just looking at the skull and bones, forensic anthropologists are able to identify possible features the victim may have. In the case, the anthropologist looked at the structure of the face and determined that the skull belonged to a female. Male and female skulls have significant features that make it easier to differentiate. A female skull will be medium to large in size, whereas a male skull is large in size. The forehead of a female is higher in height, vaulted, and rounded and a male forehead is lower in height, sloped, and backward (Saferstein, 2014, p. 113).
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