Tag Archives: Anthropology

Forensics: Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course |

So many things wrong in this case. There seems much discussion necessary about racial insensitivity added to a heavy dose of arrogance. Remains of those killed in 1985 Move bombing in Philadelphia serve as ‘case study’ in Princeton-backed course — … Continue reading

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Forensics: An archaeology society hosted a talk against returning Indigenous remains. Some want a new society | Science | AAAS

NAGPRA backlash takes colonial bias back into public view. Indigenous rights are threatened by one anthro and a retired lawyer. Time to fight back. Controversy embroils virtual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology — Read on http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/archaeology-society-hosted-talk-against-returning-indigenous-remains-some-want-new

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Anthropology: Neanderthals Took Good Care of Their Teeth, Unlike Some of Us

No flossing? Some 46,000 years ago in what is now the Polish highlands, a Neanderthal man got some food stuck between his teeth. So he did what any self-respecting hominin would do—he reached for a toothpick, according to new research. … Continue reading

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Frensics: Anthro: ‘Rare’ Roman penis carving found in Cambridgeshire

Id say impressive. ‘Rare’ Roman penis carving found in Cambridgeshire – BBC News — Read on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56113457

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Forensics: We Were Wrong About Neanderthals. Here’s Why That Matters

Great example of how old school scientific resistance exists everywhere. Bad- mouthing the Neanderthals connects with racial tropes. Modern archaeology paints a compelling portrait of our misunderstood relatives. Here’s how our understanding of Neanderthals has changed. — Read on time.com/5904203/neanderthals-myths/

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Forensics: Amsterdam Research Initiative for Sub-surface Taphonomy and Anthropology (ARISTA) – A taphonomic research facility in the Netherlands for the study of human remains – ScienceDirect

A simply brilliant idea! Amsterdam Research Initiative for Sub-surface Taphonomy and Anthropology (ARISTA) – A taphonomic research facility in the Netherlands for the study of human remains – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073820303455

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Election non-relief: Judges allowing risky “probably” forensic opinions

Bitemarks lead the list: NIST speaker reveals……. Conference: The 5 Problems That Stand Between Scientists and the Courtroom [excerpt:] Epstein showed the results of a recent survey of odonatologists that asked three questions about the reliability of bite marks. The … Continue reading

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Comparing DNA mixtures with Trueallele and STRmix gets mixed results

Where Traditional DNA Testing Fails, Algorithms Take Over Powerful software is solving more crimes and raising new questions about due process. [excerpt] Studies have only established the validity of the available software in certain circumstances (such as a DNA mixture … Continue reading

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Canadian wrongful conviction file totals 85 – funding diminishing

Innocence Canada struggling for funding for wrongfully convicted cases ‘I’m always frustrated with how long it takes us to do cases, in any event, but this is going to slow us down even more.’ A Newfoundland man who helps free … Continue reading

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Ballistics on the hot seat as being “too subjective” in final opinions

The premise in ballistics is that all these casings might be considered “unique.” This  “new look” at ballistics from the Aaron Hernandez conviction is similar to the back and forth decades-long argument against the now debunked “hair matching” in four … Continue reading

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