France, Diane L. Human Identification Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Forensic science is the application of scientific theory and techniques for answering questions pertaining to the law and medicolegal issues. The accepted definition of forensic anthropology is the application of physical anthropology theory and techniques to medicolegal questions, although the term forensic anthropology can literally refer to any subdiscipline of anthropology (cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics). Forensic anthropologists usually analyze clues from the human skeleton to assist in determining the identity of human remains as well as the circumstances surrounding the death of that individual. Forensic anthropologists may also use skeletal features in other studies, such as comparing a photograph of an individual to skeletal remains or multiple photographs of living individuals to determine whether they all depict the same individual. Experts in this field may even use skeletal clues to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of nonhuman remains.
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