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Skeleton Keys: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Amanda Friend
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Date Created: 08/02/16
Week 6 notes Mass fatalities and human rights Mass disasters- natural or manmade, which causes a large number of deceased individuals Natural: - Famine - Epidemics - Fire - Flood - Volcanoes Manmade - War - Terrorism - Riots - Aircraft crashes - Watercraft crashes - Ethnic cleansing Goals in mass disasters Primary goal- aid and relief to survivors; prevent any further loss of life, provide medical care Secondary goals- personal identification and determining cause and manner of death; done once scene is secured and safe. Can be important to public safety; possibility of civil litigation for reparation to vic’s family Planning for mass disasters - Can’t plan for everything- come up with general plan - Closed/open event - Fragmented or complete remains? Degree of fragmentation and number of vics determines if DNA analysis needs to be used - Fate of un-identified remains (either people themselves or fragments that can’t be recognized) Disaster mortuary operational response team (DMORT) - Part of federal response to disaster o Subset of national disaster medical system - 3 resource groups o Personnel  Experts from across the nation  Funeral directors  Pathologists  Anthropologists  Odonatologists  Family assistance counselors/support  Evidence technicians etc o Family assistance center o Disaster portable morgue unit FA tasks in mass disasters - Personal Id/repatriation - Trauma analysis (cause/manner, determine if public safety hazard) - Prosecution of offenders (criminal tribunals, terrorists) FA at the incident morgue - Triage remains (rank from most to least fragmented remains) - Describe remains and conduct bio profile - Interpret radiographs - Analyze trauma evidence and injuries - Establish MNI- minimum number of individuals - Ultimate goal to assist in IDs Family assistance center - Provide direct info about event and status (not from media) - Coordinate with families - Collect antemortem info and info for vic IDs (family members bring info) - Provide support and counseling for family members - Common place for families to gather Disaster portable morgue unit (DPMU)- DMORT portable morgues provide consistency Jurisdiction - Law enforcement (federal/local) in charge of scene and monitor access; body with ME - All mass disaster deaths under jurisdiction of ME or coroner o Some cases don’t require autopsies- just do ID test - Needs to be established before investigation begins - Can be problematic o No existent medicolegal system o No governmental structure Identification of 9/11 vics at the WTC - Large number of missing persons - Highly fragmented and altered remains - IDs based on genetic testing Deployment at fresh kills landfill - Requested by NYPD crime scene personnel - Asked to ID osseous v non-osseous, human v non human - Assess which bone, side and ID features; re-associate remains when possible - Ultimately, every piece ID’d with DNA testing - Type II elements- soft tissue fused from two different individuals Protocol - Some remains have probative value in traditional anthropological analysis - Myositis ossifications, antemortem fractures - Observations not important if all remains are to be genetically tested Role of anthropology - Save resources - Prevent evidence techs and mortuary personnel from spending valuable time and energy sorting through non-human remains ID remains of victims of hurricane Katrina - Large number of missing persons- many were relocated before or after hurricane - Remains distributed over a large area - Remains largely intact but decomposed - Cemetery remains mix with newly deceased - Identifications done via traditional means and DNA analysis Undocumented border crossing deaths in Florida - Reasons- economic, political, social, human rights - Conditions: dangerous terrain, long journeys, coyotes (people who are smugglers); corruption - Immigration law and border enforcement- up patrol in easiest routes of access- resulted in increased casualties/fatalities - Problems with identification - Concerns in the interior Historic remains- forensic scientists sometimes called to do work purely for historical interest  Not generally medicolegally significant (ussally since too much time has passed)  Remains of individual who died during historical period of a given region  Historical period=beginning of written documentation/US government structure Biohistory  Applying bioanalytical methods to historical study  Bioanalysis- any method of scientific inquiry (DNA, histology, radiology) in which the subject material is of biological origin Josef Mengele  Nazi war criminal; also had a doctorate in anthro  Tested on human holocaust subjects- twin studies  Escaped to brazil- remains exhumed in 1985 in Brazil  Methods of ID used- dental comparison, photo superimposition, osteological analysis, nuclear DNA Pizzaro  Conquistador who conquered the Incas  Assassinated between the ages of 60-70 after being stabbed in the throat  Human remains discovered under altar of Lima cathedral in 1977  1984 osteological analysis compared perimortem trauma to historical accounts of Pizzaro's death  Remains under altar made better match with biological profile and trauma analysis than mummy believed to be Pizzaro Zachary Taylor  Fell ill suddenly in 1850- conspiracy that taylor was poisoned to death  Descendants asked Dr. Maples to test for arsenic in 1991- body exhumed to test  Two independent labs take samples and test for arsenic- found, but levels not high enough for poisoning Beethoven  Hair and bone fragments shown to contain extremely high lead levels- suggests that he was a heavy drinker  Autopsy performed earlier showed liver cirrhosis and signs of diabetes  Later tests less consistent; others believed he had tertiary syphilis (treatment was mercury) Ned Kelly  Australian outlaw hanged in 1880 (cop killer)  Body misplaced in 1929  Purported body Idd using antemortem trauma analysis, xrays, CT scans and DNA ID Romanov remains  Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra  Last czar of Russia  1894-1917  Married Alexandra (German princess; unpopular)  Mob tramples 1400 at state event- doubts of food shortage on celebratory event; then people angry after czar went to french ambassador's party  Four daugthers- Olga (1985;22), Tatianna(1987;21), Maria(1899;19), Anastasia (1901;17)  Alexei 1904;13.5- Czar's heir **how were identifications made House staff  Yevgeny botkin (53)- doctor  Alexei trupp (60)- footman  Ivan kharitonov (46)- cook  Anna demidova (40) maid Romanov murder  George V didn’t let them flee to germany before bolshevik revolution began- July 7,1919; were popular at the time so pictures of them were taken to "reassure" people Initial evaluation  9 skeletons- 4 females, 5 males  Facial elements badly fractures  One male skeleton with no upper teeth  All females had dental work, no males did  Skulls and teeth etched with acid Skeleton 1- Anna Demidova  Pelvis suggested middle aged female  Mandible had poor quality dental bridge  Ankle joint had extension of joint surface- suggests a lot of crouching or kneeling Skeleton 2- Dr Botkin  Only skeleton with an intact torso  Adipocere held one bullet in pelvic region and one in vertebrae  Skull missed upper teeth  Pelvis indicated mature male  Flat sloping forehead  GSW to left side of forehead Skeleton 3- Grand duchess Olga  Female  Bulging forehead  Early 20s  Roots of wisdom teeth fully developed, done growing  64.9 inches tall (humeral analysis)  Extensive amalgam fillings in molars  GSW under jaw that exited through her forehead Skeleton 5- Grand duchess Maria  Female; late teens/early 20s  Root tips of 3rd molars incomplete  Sacrum not fully developed  Long bones indicated she just completed growing  67.5 inches tall  Back had signs of immaturity but also suggested she was over 18  Anastasia ruled out bc Maria was much taller Skeleton 6- Grand duchess Tatianna  Female, young but full grown  No sign of recent grwoth in limbs  Sacrum and pelvic rim mature- over 18  Part of clavicle mature- over 20  65.6 in tall  GSW to back left side of skull  Facial superimposition difficult to do for grand duchesses due to GSW Skeleton 8- Ivan Kharnitonov  Badly damaged  Male in 40s-50s  Noticeably flat browridge and profile  Healed fracture of ulna  Fairly small person  Process of elimination Skeleton 9- Alexei Trupp (via overall robusticity)  Big, heavy boned  Male  Showed signs of aging  Worn teeth  Well over 6ft Skeleton 7- Czarina Alexandra  Older female  Possible bayonet wounds in the ribs  Extremely expensive dental work- back molars made of platinum, porcelain crowns and gold fillings  Consistent with stabbing by bayonet bc of jewelry in bodice Skeleton 4- Czar Nicholas II  Middle aged  Male  Short stature  Broad flat palate  Jutting brow line and curving protruding supraorbital bones  Wear/deformation on pelvis consistent with lots of horseback riding  Terrible teeth (perhaps didn't like going to the dentist) Anastasia?  Rate of growth based on epiphyses and teeth suggests all the females were too old to be 17yr old Anastasia  Russians thought skeleton 6 was Anastasia and 5 was Tatianna  All skeletons also appear too tall New discovery  2007- remains of two individuals were recovered around 70 meters from original mass grave  Remains consistent with that of two individuals- one male and one female, both teenagers  Much more fragmented, evidence of burning  Found silver fillings in molars- people of aristocratic status DNA analysis  Run on remains found in 1991 confirmed remains were related to Romanovs  2008- two bodies found outside the mass grave match the DNA of all the other Romanovs Archaeological evidence  1978- pigs meadow mass grave found  1991- boris yeltsin allows opening of burial site  Burial contains 9 skeletons (4 male and 5 female)  Two members of household missing The American team  1992 William Maples first to hear about Romanov remains- asks if they want assistance  Russians wanted photos and evidence to stay in Russia Ritual use of human remains  Some religions use human remains for practices and as relics- like Catholics use saints bones  Santeiria and Palo Mayombe o Afro-caribbean religions o Syncreatic religions o Similar symbols and characterizations of deities  Santeria- "the way of the saints" o West African religious beliefs and Christianity- of Yoruba origin o Animal sacrifice (legal)- essential for priest ordination and initiation into the community o During life events o Blood, feathers and mercury used in rituals o Does not use human remains in rituals  Palo mayombe "stick" Cuba o Congo basin- bantu origins mixed with Christianity o Religious receptacles or altars containing earth, sticks, and human or nonhuman remains o Cauldrons, mercury, nails, beads, stones, sticks etc (add different items based on rituals) Forensic significance  Suspected homicide  Human v non human; bone fragments  Context  Associated artifacts  Taphonomy Relics  Trophy skulls- US soldiers bringing back Japanese skulls as trophies Ethics?  Trophy skulls Forensic sciences overview American academy of forensic sciences Est 1948- leadership to advance science ad application to legal system- functions as a way for multidisciplinary organization. Gives standards within practices, holds conferences to educate members and others wishing to enter the field Criminalistics  Recognition, identification and evaluation of physical evidence  Run and interpret lab tests  DNA ballistics, fingerprints, chemical analysis, traces etc Pathology/biology  Application of principle of pathology and of general medicine to legal needs of society  MEs, entomologists Toxicology  Study of harmful effects of chemicals or drugs on living systems  Forensic tox- did alcohol, drugs or illegal substances contribute to person's death at crime Physical anthropology Odontology- application of dental sciences to medico-legal problems; human ID and bitemark analysis Psychiatry and behavioral sciences  Competence to stand trial and testify  Ability to waive legal representation  Eligibility for execution  Assessment of mental illness- diminished responsibility or innocence by reason of mental illness/defect  Civil cases- o Involuntary psych hospitalization o Right to refuse treatment o Competence to participate in DNR Jurisprudence  Science of philosophy of law  Study of convictions, case types  State of evidence, expert testimony, and legal system Questioned documents  Who wrote it  True signature  Additions/erasures present  What paper/pen type  Ransom/kidnapping cases Digital and media services  Detection of file deletion, corruption, alteration; file recoveries Engineering sciences  Art and science of engineering for law purposes  Look at materials/parts that fail, resulting in injury or death General section  Home of newly emerging forensic science specialties  Est areas of sciences not fitting narrow definitions or membership requirements of other sections  Forensic specialists who's numbers aren't enough to support a separate section Forensic scientists  Minimum qualifications include bachelors in natural science- bio, chem, physics, geology etc  Look at AAFS website under current job postings/career ops FA  Minimum of master's degree, most likely need PhD- "diplomate" status after board certification  Need to work cases, minimum of 3 years post PhD  Avg time to get PhD is 8 years post bac; avg recipient age is 34 years  Knowledge base o Human evolution o Anatomy and physiology o Developmental biology o Biometry and stats o Clinical medicine o Biomechanics o Archaeology o Comparative anatomy  Academia at college or universities  Enables research and teaching; consult with ME and law enforcement as necessary  Intense competition for jobs, rarely specify forensics in labs ME or coroner's office  ID skeletal remains- burned damaged etc  May help with trauma analysis in other cases  Usually cross trained to perform other tasks o Autopsy, quality assurance etc Govt institutions  National transportation safety board  FBI  DMORT and more JPAC-CIL  DPAA largest employer of FAs in the US  Field and lab work combo NGOs  Human rights missions  ID vics of civil and military conflicts  Usually not full time jobs  Opp for fieldwork and experience Museums  Curator or collections manager at a museum  Smithsonian  Natl museum of health and medicine Private consult/for-profit work  Often done in a part time basis/ some make a living like this Professional orgs  American assn of physical anthropologists  American academy of forensic sciences  International assn for identification  International assn of forensic sciences Board certification- ABFA  Permanent resident of US, canada or territories  PhD in anthro with concentration in bio anthropology  3 years of prior pro experience post PhD  Submit sample case reports  Document contributions to discipline  Oral and practical exam  May only retake exam once- need to wait 2 years if you fail Scientific journals- publish or perish Contact CA pound Human ID lab Contact sam coberly-


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