Scientifically, the skeleton is more than an organized pile of bones. A major, but less mentioned field in anthropology can identify your story by your bones. It is forensic anthropology. However, let’s first examine the history and duty of forensic anthropology. In fact, anthropology is the study of human beings in a range of different aspects, such as biology and evolutionary history of Homo sapiens. It has many branches, but we need to examine the physical anthropology, as it is closely related to forensic anthropology. The physical anthropology is concerned with the origin, evolution, and diversity of people. Finally, the forensic anthropology is the application of physical anthropology to legal cases with a focus on the human skeleton. Moreover, forensic anthropologists are storytellers, who are able to read the stories from bones.
This branch of anthropology uses the techniques of physical anthropology to analyze skeletal, badly decomposed, or sometimes even unidentified human remains for solving crimes. Even though, the concern of the physical anthropology differs from the concern of forensic anthropology, many of the techniques used for excavation and reconstruction can be applied to forensic anthropology.
The best part of this profession is that forensic anthropologists are able to reconstruct the face of any victim. In addition, forensic anthropology is not a myth.
Katy Riechs – what can this name tell us? She is an American crime writer, academic and forensic anthropologist. Mrs. Reichs is one of the eighty-two forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Despite this, she has been a producer for the TV-series Bones. The show is loosely based on her novel about a forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Moreover, the show involves Temperance as the main character.
The scenes successfully include the appliance of the techniques used to identify the dead human bodies and solving crimes. With a slight flavor of romance, human relations and science, specifically, the show doesn’t fail to represent the interesting yet challenging life of forensic anthropologists and their colleagues.
So, bones are not just bones. A slight difference either in appearance or in the consistency of the bones can mean many things, despite the broken arm or leg.
– Julieta Gyurjyan