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Week 4 notes (EXAM 2 MATERIAL)

by: Janaki Padmakumar

Week 4 notes (EXAM 2 MATERIAL) ANT3520

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These notes cover what is going to be on the second exam- includes notes on the biological profile, forensic art and skeletal pathology
Skeleton Keys: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Amanda Friend
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Date Created: 07/22/16
Week 4 Notes L13 Race Ancestry and race are differentiated terms Race:  It is a social reality but is not a valid biological entity  Varied continuous spectrum- no distinct or discrete groups  Not universally defined groups Social race and biological ancestry  Social race or ethnicity- is peer and self defined; in group, constantly negotiated terminology Defined by physical appearance and genetic heritage, geographic origin, cultural practices and linguistics  Biological ancestry- metric and nonmetric skeletal traits distributed along a broad scope of geographic and population groups Early racial ideologies  Humans can be categorized in discrete groups  Groups are static- biological determinism (you are this because that’s what you are; applied to ideas like criminality, job determination etc.)  Race determined based on phenotype, behavior and moral character Current ideas on race:  Gradient in human variation  Variations are found within groups rather than between different groups  Examine ancestry, not race Clinal variation- broadly distributed species will vary in genotypic and phenotypic characteristics gradually over their range  Variety caused by environmental differences  Patterns can be driven by selection or can be an artifact of genetic drift, and are modified by gene flow Why determine race?  FA is applied field of anthropology  Interact with laypeople and provide information within a social context so that others can interpret it  Provision of a service  Establish identities and narrow the scope of antemortem searches  Sauer- translating info about bio. Traits to a culturally constructed labeling system likely to be applied to a missing person Ancestry= broad, geographically defined biological populations Categories used reflect everyday use in our society L14 Ancestry Ancestry- broad, geographically defined biological groups Three primary ancestry groups in the US  Asian (Native Americans included)  European  African Ancestry determination  Non metric- morphological variations  Metric  Skulls (cranium and mandible)  Sometimes postcranial elements- used sparingly Non metric determinations  Visually determined  Not easy to measure  Normal variations in the skeleton  Not related to pathology or trauma Non metric traits need to be:  Documented for large samples (need to capture large variation ranges)  Clearly illustrated and defined without any ambiguity  Quantified Non metric scoring 1 Present/absent- either complete or incomplete 2 Quasicontinuous- small, medium, large Traits:  Interorbital breadth  Orbit shape  Nasal aperture  Nasal bone shape/form  Midface prognathism  Zygomatics  Dentition  Sutures formation  Mandible  Overall skull form Inerorbital breadth  Broad, intermediate or narrow (compared to overall face shape) Nasal aperature width- wide, medium or narrow Inferior nasal aperature- scoring:  Guttering  Incipient guttering  Straight nasal sill  Partial nasal sill  Complete nasal sill Nasal shape  Round (quonset hut)  Oval  Plateau (tented)  Vaulted  Triangular (steepled) Post bregmatic depression  Small concavity on the saggital suture just past bregma Zygomaticomaxillary suture:  Angled - European  Smooth- Asian  S shaped- African Americans  Obliterated (can't be seen); Asian Palate shape  Round; Asian  Parabolic; European  Rectangular ; African Midface  Alveolar prognathism in African pops; lower jaw area projection  Flaring zygomatics in Asians  Receding zygomatics in Europeans-lateral orientation Non metrics associated with African ancestry  Quonset hut nasals  Guttered nasal areas with no nasal sill  Post bregmatic depression  Simple suture pattern  Slanted ascending ramus  Rectangular palate  Alveolar prognathism  Vertical zygmoatics  Multiple mental foramen  Wide nasal aperature  Rectangular orbits  Broad interorbital breadth  Long headed  Anterior facial prognathism  Small nasal spine European ancestry  Sloping orbits  Tower or church steeple nasals  Often have trace of metopic suture  Depressed nasion  Large nasal spine  Sharp nasal sill  Simple suture pattern  Pinched ascending ramus  Parabolic palate  Retreating zygomatics  Prominent chin  European: o Includes all population of European descent o Narrow nasal aperature o Narrow interorbital breadth o Steepled nasal bones o Long headed o No facial prognathism o Large nasal spine Asian ancestry  Rounded orbits  Tented nasals  Malar tubercle  Indistinct nasal sill  Complex suture pattern (bones within suture)  Wide, vertical ascending ramus  Straight palatine suture  Round palate  Shoveled incisors  Buccal pits  Wormian bones  Projecting/flaring zygomatics  Comparatively flat face  Medium width nasal aperature  Rounded orbits  Tented nasal bones  Brachycephalic- round headed  Little facial prognathism  Moderate nasal spine  Shovel shaped incisors Preponderance of traits (Hefner 2003) European- 46/130- 35% Asian- 107/211 - 51% African- 20/117- 17% *No skeletal markers to correspond perfectly to geographic origin* Non metric analysis disadvantages  Inter-observer error  Assessment is subjective  Not clearly defined o Possibility for intra-observer error  Rudimentary statistics o Simple trait frequencies Metric analysis  Standard measurements validated with statistics  1962 Giles and Eliot- cranial measurements to assess ancestry  UT- forensic databank Metric analysis and FORDISC  Remains measured then entered to FORDSIC  Compares likelihood of skeleton being part of a certain ancestry group  Use comparison to other reference samples to determine ancestry Nature of variation  Spectrum of traits  Overlapping traits  More variation within groups L 15 Stature Stature- standing height  Bodily proportions consistent from person to person usually  Predictable relationship between limb length and stature  Genetic and environmental factors affect stature  Trauma and pathology can leave effects on height- acquired and congenital  Age, sex and ancestry can cause variance Age:  Stature increases to adulthood, then decreases with age o Not a standardized rate of decrease o Vertebral compression and bone diseases results in height loss (loss of vertebral disc space) Sex:  Sexual dimorphism- males usually taller than females  Differently proportioned limbs  Must determine sex before stature for accuracy Geography:  Human body form consistent with ecological rules by Bergmann and Allen- clinal distribution  Related to ancestry  Bergmann and Allen: o Rules to maintain homeostasis- size correlates to heat regulation; hot climates need more surface area to disperse heat o Allen: hot climates have longer appendages, cold climates have shorter appendages o Bergmann: hot climates=smaller body volume (lean build), cold climates= more volume (stockier build) Methods to determine stature:  Based on measuring all skeletal elements, and some selected skeletal elements  Fully 1956: o All skeletal elements that contribute to stature o Added in a soft tissue correction factor o Developed a series of height equations o Issues:  Small sample size; n=102  All white males used (inaccuracy for females and other ancestry groups)  Samples died in WW2 concentration camps- health issues  Requires a nearly complete skeleton o Linear regression:  Measure a long bone and then apply linear regression formula (has error margins to accommodate for height variance)  Need to know ancestry and sex  Based on Trotter and Glesser's work  Started work at JPAC- remains from WW2, Korean war and Terry skeletal collection; had male and female remains  Strongest correlations between long bones and height  Formula example:  Male, European, tibia 355mm  Stature= (2.52(355)+786.2)/25.4= 66.17 inches (point estimate)  Range= point estimate+/- 1.33 inches o FORDISC 3.1 Living v Forensic stature variations  Self reporting : o Self reporting like in licenses o Usually inaccurate o Overestimated, usually by males  Age: o Increased age-> decreased stature o Vertebral body compression o Correct by subtracting from estimated stature based on age  Time of day (effect of gravity over the course of the day)  Measurement errors  Secular change  Cadaver stature (vary up to 2 inches due to decomposition changes) Stature/Age accuracy  Long bone length is an accurate way to estimate age up until 12 years o Conserved relationship between age and stature in kids  Used for prenatal (fetal), natal and postnatal remains Accuracy-  0 months- birth: very accurate; fetal growth is highly constrained with narrow tolerances for survival o Cannot be allowed to grow unrestrained o Haase's rule o Length can be used to calculate fetal age  Birth- 2 years: fairly accurate o Catch up growth to compensate for fetal deficiency o Weaning time and duration differences  2-12 years more accurate o Fairly consistent growth trajectories o *not a lot of mass factored in*  Teenagers- less accurate o Differences in timing and degree of growth spurts (sexual dimorphism)  Adults- very accurate o Fixed stature since bones are done fusing, until later degeneration L16 Personal ID Importance of individual identification  Closure and emotional peace for family members  Official documentation o Probates, inheritances o Insurance o Contracts o Other social institutions (social security, medicare, etc)  Corpus delicti o Body provides evidence of a crime being committed o Prosecution of offenders Medicolegal identification- civil matter tendered in the form of an expert opinion and based on preponderance of evidence (weight of evidence varies by case) Positive evidence:  Goal of every forensic case  Most rigorous scientific standard  Absolute biological proof of ID  Easier with a single decedent Example- nuclear DNA matches with known exemplar; fingerprints; antemortem/postmortem radiographic comparison, surgical devices with serial numbers Biological profile CANNOT positively identify an individual Presumptive evidence- reasonable conclusion based on logic  Not definitively exclusive; can match more than 1 person, and assumptions can be false  E.g- mitochondrial DNA match  Group characteristics  Concordance between antemortem fracture and documented medical history  Wallet, tattoo, scars or moles Context- probative value of evidence based on the context of discovery; causes variations in the weight of evidence Closed v. open event  Closed: know all the people involved; bodies contained; each ID yields subsequent ID (airplane crash)  Open: don’t know all involved (hurricane) Personal ID- cultural factors  Group affiliation  Religious denomination  Socioeconomic status Biological identification  Demographic characteristics- sex, age, stature and ancestry  Idiosyncratic biochemistry and morphology  Unique life history- broken bones, surgical implants, dental work Idiosyncratic biochemistry:  Sometimes can extract from bone  Doesn’t work well for fossilized, cremated or inorganic bone  Robust cortical bone works best  Teeth not as good for DNA  Can work for sex and ancestry Idiosyncratic morphology:  Structures that vary in size and morphology o Clavicle o Rib 12 morphology o Frontal sinuses- extreme variations  Found in 95% of population  Stable pattern in adulthood, unique to each individual  Radiographic comparisons o Mandibular tori o Sternal foramen o Extra or transitional vertebra o Supernumerated teeth and extra digits  Skeletal anomalies  Missing/extra skeletal elements  Accessory foramens Unique life history markers  Broken bones  Pathology- joseph merrick elephant man  Dental work  Surgical devices or implants o 1993 safe medical devices act required practitioners to record lot and serial number of devices in surgical record of each patietn o Vendor, lot and serial number can be used for ID o Help with time of death o Artificial devices- breast implants L17 Forensic art FA not always artists apply art to medicolegal contexts Used ot create leads but is not positive ID; presumptive evidence  Difficult and time consuming; art and science Forensic artists- artistically talented, but also have a knowledge of anatomy, underlying skull architecture and how it relates to soft tissue formation  Biological profile information Superimposition  Overlay skull image and antemortem image  Osteometric points and landmarks used to align  Use 2D photographs and unknown skeletal remains (need them to scale) Video superimposition  Camera and electronic video mixing board, and unknown remains  Computers and digital imaging equipment with unknown remains 2D forensic art  ID living suspects, age of missing persons  Usually based on witness recollections  Facial feature depiction  Freehand or with a computer Facial reconstruction (approximations) 2D or 3D- intend to identify skeletal remains Artistic reproduction of soft tissue features when no soft tissue is present Based on biological profile Freehand or with a computer 3D facial approximation  Reliant on known or estimated parameters  Average tissue thicknesses  Anatomical knowledge of muscle and gland thickness/conformation  Anatomical relationships between facial features Tissue depth  Cadaver studies done- needle depth and postmortem tissue (can be dry, lacking thickness, etc)  Ultrasound living individuals; CTs and MRI scans (preferred method) Techniques  Start with skull or cast  Apply tissue depth markers o Standard system based on normative data  Roll out clay to the depth of the tissue marker; apply clay and contour voids  Anatomical methods: o Not based on normative data, sculpt muscles, glands and cartilage o Not usually used  Circumstantial evidence o Adornments  Personal characteristics o Eye color, weight, hairstyle or color Problems:  Used as a last resort methods  Biological profile doesn’t match up with missing persons list  Not a positive ID  Efficiency depends on artist; very subjective process  Not a lot of standardization  Artists skills vary  Tissue depth variation  Potential error in measurement data  Secular changes L18 Skeletal pathology Derived from paleopathology- studying skeletal remains from past cultures Normal- tissue or organ functionally intact, free from disorder, capable of sustaining its function Anomaly- deviates from norm, but is non lethal and does not significantly change function Pathological- deviation from norm in a way that compromises tissue or organ Skeletal evidence of disease  Not very common; only few diseases affect the skeleton  Reactions to disease are generalized and vary from person to person  When disease does affect the skeleton, doesn't produce same effect all the time- requires DDX  Entails abnormal bone o Formation o Destruction o Density o Shape o Size  Lytic lesion o Abnormal cell destruction (circular areas that lack density)  Blastic/sclerotic lesion o Abnormal cell growth Periosteal reaction  New bone formed in response to injury to/stimulation of periosteum that surrounds the bone  Can be caused by tumors, drug reactions, infection, metabolic conditions  Common on anterior tibial shaft Osteomyelitis  Any bone tissue infection  Bone can enlarge and form bone buttresses or sheaths(involucrum) , drainage channels for pus (cloacae) and islands of dead bone (sequestra) Infectious disease  Bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic  Bone response is slow  Skeletal involvement shows a fine balance between "good" and "bad" health Syphilis  Vemereal treponemal infection; heart, brain and bones affected  Only tertiary syphilis affects bone o Periosteal new bone on bones closest to the skin; frontal, nasal aperature, tibia, ribs and sternum o Caries sicca- lytic lesions in the skull (moth eaten appearance; diagnostic sign of syphilis) o Saber tibia (bent bone appearance since new bone grows on one side); see in congenital syphilis Tuberculosis  Airborne bacterial disease  Can result in o Lytic lesions that affect vertebral bodies, noticeable in the spine, but also hips or wrist sometimes o Vertebral collapse o Little to no new bone formations near lesions (but may be present on inner rib surface) Leprosy  Airborne bacterial infection  Can result in: o Concentric bone loss in phalanges o Rhinomaxillary syndrome- change to alveolus and inferior nasal aperature Metabolic disease  Rickets- vitamin D deficiency during development; classic sign is leg bowing (vit D required for calcium and phosphate deposition)  Osteoporosis: o Most common in the elderly o Decreased bone density o Bones will be light and x-rays will show reduced trabeculae on x- ray o Vertebral and hip fractures o Kyphosis (bend in the back) Paget's disease  Chronic increase in bone remodeling rate, progresses from lytic to sclerotic (quickly deposited bone; weak)  Thickens cortex and causes a puffed up enlargement of bone  Sacrum, spine, fermora, skull and sternum are most common sites Developmental pathology  Achondroplasia- dwarfism; congenital o Caused by defective endochondral ossification- bone growth starting with cartilagenous precursor (skulls form from membraneous precursors) o Proportionally large head with frontal bosssing (large foreheads), lumbar lordosis and short limbs  Gigantism and acromegaly o Pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone o Gigantism- starts before epiphyseal fusion- creates normal body proportion and bone shape; end up massive o Acromegaly- initiates after fusion; results in large browridges, mandibular prognathism, proportionally large hands and feet (results in reduced life span)  Cleft palate o Partial or complete union of palatine bones and hard palate o In bone- defect in hard palate that may involve the anterior margin; more common on the left side of the mouth o Varies by race, most common for those with Asian ancestry  Spina bifida occulta (mildest form of spina bifida) o Incomplete fusion of lower lumbar/sacrum spinous processes o Usually no symptoms bc not in an area with the spinal cord  Scoliosis o Lateral spine curvature o Results in rotation of vertebra and can create a hump in the chest due to anterior pushing of ribs to one side Tumors  Primary tumors- tissues they affect are tissues they originated in o Osteomas:  Benign normal bone overgrowth  Common, small, not much clinical significance  Can be found on any bone, frontal bone is most common o Occurs most often in children; found in areas of rapid growth o Osteochondroma- area of extra bone o Osteosarcoma  Malignant bone tumor  Femur, tibia and humerus  Mixture of lysis and sclerosis  Periosteal reaction  Large mass of spiculated bone (sunburst on xray)  Most common in children; metastasis is usually what results in death (60% survival rate)  Usual course of treatment is amputation to try and prevent spread o Ewing's sarcoma  Malignant primary bone tumor  Most common in kids and adolescents (5-30)  Femur, pelvis and tibia are common  Cortical erosion, rapid periosteal reaction  Pathological fractures are common o Multiple myeloma  Red marrow plasma cell malignancy  Multiple small osteolytic lesions throughout the skeleton; most noticeable on the skull  Secondary tumors- metastasized tumors o Metastatic cancer (BLT with a Kosher Pickle); originates in a different body part and spreads to the bone  Breast  Lung  Thyroid  Kidney  Prostate- sclerotic  Lytic lesions have undercut edges without any signs of healing Degenerative disease  Occur as a result of aging  Arthritis o Osteoarthritis: degenerative joint disease; wear and tear over time from general aging and use  Marginal osteophytes "lipping" on margins or new bone on joint surface  Alterations in joint contour  Pitting of joint surface  Eburnation- smooth, polished areas of bone resulting from bone to bone contact o Rheumatoid arthritis: autoimmune disorder  Erosion around the joint surface  Hands, feet, knees and ankles  Can be disfiguring; joint articulations can be changed  DISH- diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis o Form of degenerative arthritis o Fusion of contiguous vertebral bodies on front and right side of the centra o Bony spurs on certain elements due to ossification of ligaments o Most common in those who are obese or have type II diabetes Dental disease Caries- cavities (carious lesion); bacteria breakdown of enamel, then dentin Periodontal disease- infection of tissues surrounding teeth  Bacterial breakdown of alveolar margins


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