What Bones Can Tell: Forensic Anthropology
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When a person dies, he lives in the memories of his loved ones. But there is one more place where his existence survives – inside his bones. Bones can remain intact for hundreds of years after the demise of a being. That is why the analysis of the human skeleton is a compelling domain of study. Everyone knows about Emperor Ashoka, Akbar, or Shivaji but what about the common man? When anthropologists study human societies and cultures, they cannot forget the average Jack, his struggles and escapes, his culture and way of living. A deceased has no voice of his own but his bones speak volumes about his life and they can also tell the reason for his death. Sometimes, people become a victim of adversities – mass annihilations, natural disasters, and crimes may take place leaving no concrete proof to catch or know the criminal. During such afflictions, the law enforcement systems hopefully turn toward the discipline of Forensic anthropology. Forensic anthropology can help identify the deceased through the application of skeletal analysis and techniques in archaeology. Bones never lie and they do not forget. What are the secrets hidden in human bones? Do we know them all? How can a skeletal system give information to solve criminal cases? Is it easy to find such information? Explore the module to find out:

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