The analysis of human skeletal remains serves to provide a biological identity that can help in the identification process or exclude a possible misper. Biological identity can be performed quickly and efficiently by a forensic anthropologist and a preliminary verbal report can be given at the site of recovery.
From skeletal remains the forensic anthropologist will likely be able to confirm the following about the deceased from a cursory inspection that will assist intelligence gathering processes:
- Are the remains human?
- Are they of forensic interest or are they archaeological?
- Male or female?
- How old were they when they died?
- How tall were they?
- What is their ancestral origin?
- Do they show any evidence of trauma or pathology?