Category Archives: human identification

Forensics: The shoes tell the tale. Forensic anthropologists: Bones on bluff likely from late 1800s

The shoes will tell them more, according to Dr. Jered Cornelison. — Read on http://www.shorelinemedia.net/content/tncms/live/

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Forensics: A comparison of proteomic, genomic, and osteological methods of archaeological sex estimation

Very obvious as to who wins this contest. Bones at the bottom. Sex estimation of skeletons is fundamental to many archaeological studies. Currently, three approaches are available to estimate sex–osteology, genomics, or proteomics, but little is known about the relative … Continue reading

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Forensics: Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at an 8,000-year-old burial site, representing a behavior rarely seen among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. An incredible, computer-aided facial reconstruction finally puts a face to one of these skulls. — … Continue reading

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Forensics: Reconstruction and physical fit analysis of fragmented skeletal remains using 3D imaging and printing – ScienceDirect

Reconstruction and physical fit analysis of fragmented skeletal remains using 3D imaging and printing – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2665910720300633

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Forensics: A forensic undergrad tests slime concoction for partial print examiners.

College kids in forensics are keen. This new grad did some simple testing with silly slime and fingerprint chemicals. https://phys.org/news/2020-06-unusual-forensic-technique.html

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Forensics: Dangers of Facial Recognition platforms. A study

These programs are not “objective evidence” for police suspicion that you are a crook. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X20300024

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Forensics: Forensic Dental ageing expert claims his claims of “science” shouldn’t be the only method. Why use it at all?

For years, these dentists have inappropriate claims of high percentages of accuracy to their adult versus juvenile ageing methods which they present in US immigration courts. This WaPo article summarizes how the federal controlled courts and prosecutors continue to use … Continue reading

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Forensics: Decertified DNA mixture methods affected 1300 convictions in the US.

An in-house DNA mixture program that has been abandoned by the NYCME’s office gets a jaundiced review by an ex-DA judge. Unfortunately, the legal and political barriers to its effect on past convictions is left up to lawyers to consider. … Continue reading

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Forensic experts identifying war and disaster victims

There is not enough funding to do this properly. Volunteers are commonly not reimbursed. Politicians ignore the dead. https://phys.org/news/2019-08-humanitarian-forensic-scientists-dead-comfort.html

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Looking at the ashes of human and animal bones – Calgary Triple Murder -#AAFS2017

Testifying in a Canadian murder trial, a long time dentist says this is a human baby (deciduous) tooth. Any comments out there about his opinion? News article with tweets about the case.

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