Title

Ancestry Estimation of Five Human Crania

Date

5-29-2014 11:30 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 1:30 PM

Location

Werner University (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Undergraduate Research in Forensic Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Forensic anthropologists are given the task to estimate the ancestry of remains presented to them by law enforcement officials. This becomes complicated because human races are based more on geography than morphology. As students in the learning process, the purpose of this project is to estimate the ancestry of five sets of human cranial skeletal remains using non-metric morphological traits. First, an inventory was conducted on five crania that were donated to the Western Oregon University Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. Thirty non-metric traits were used for the estimation. The results will then be compared to the known ancestry of these remains.

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May 29th, 11:30 AM May 29th, 1:30 PM

Ancestry Estimation of Five Human Crania

Werner University (WUC) Pacific Room

Forensic anthropologists are given the task to estimate the ancestry of remains presented to them by law enforcement officials. This becomes complicated because human races are based more on geography than morphology. As students in the learning process, the purpose of this project is to estimate the ancestry of five sets of human cranial skeletal remains using non-metric morphological traits. First, an inventory was conducted on five crania that were donated to the Western Oregon University Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. Thirty non-metric traits were used for the estimation. The results will then be compared to the known ancestry of these remains.