Forensic Anthropology

Skeletal Analysis

Through the Center for Human Identification, skeletal analysis and consultation are provided at no direct cost to submitting agencies. Aspects of skeletal analysis may include:

  • Evaluation of forensic significance, (human vs. non-human, modern vs. historical/archaeological)
  • Biological profile: sex, age, ancestry, stature, antemortem pathology, and unique features
  • Documentation and analysis of trauma
  • Estimation of the postmortem interval
  • Positive identification or exclusion using antemortem records
  • Submission of appropriate skeletal samples to the DNA Identification Laboratory for analysis and inclusion in the FBI's Missing Persons CODIS Database

Photographs courtesy of Angilee Wilkerson, UNT URCM