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Death Perception: The Science of Forensic Anthropology

Monday, February 16, 2009 to Saturday, May 16, 2009

Have you ever wondered how a forensic specialist gathers enough information from a pile of bones to determine who it was and how they died? After you have been through this exhibit, you will understand how forensic anthropologists inspect and analyze human skeletal remains to identify the deceased and determine the cause of death. Age, ancestry, sex and height can be read from different parts of a skeleton. Some injuries resulting in death can be seen on the bones, such as a bullet hole, knife markings, and fractures. In one part of the exhibit, YOU will be the specialist using what you learn to make a possible identification and to determine whether there was a crime involved!

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