Title

Defleshing Skulls: Distilled Water vs. Sea Water

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Criminal Justice Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Defleshing bone is a necessary process in forensic anthropology investigations. Research on defleshing has shown that a standard method is currently lacking in the field. In this project, we will compare two types of defleshing methods used on domestic cow (Bos Taurus) skulls. Methods include heating a defleshed a skull in distilled water versus heating in distilled water and rock salt to mimic the salinity of sea water. Each method will be compared to determine its effectiveness on the bone in relation to the relative ease, speed, and resources needed to deflesh the domestic cow.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

Defleshing Skulls: Distilled Water vs. Sea Water

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Defleshing bone is a necessary process in forensic anthropology investigations. Research on defleshing has shown that a standard method is currently lacking in the field. In this project, we will compare two types of defleshing methods used on domestic cow (Bos Taurus) skulls. Methods include heating a defleshed a skull in distilled water versus heating in distilled water and rock salt to mimic the salinity of sea water. Each method will be compared to determine its effectiveness on the bone in relation to the relative ease, speed, and resources needed to deflesh the domestic cow.