Analysis of Skeletal Remains

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?