Title

Trauma to the Skull: How to Differentiate Bullet Type From Bullet Wound

Date

5-31-2018 8:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:00 AM

Location

WUC Summit Room

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Forensic Anthropology posters

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Abstract

As a forensic anthropologist, it is important to understand varying types of skeletal trauma. Bullet trauma to the skull is an example of what forensic anthropologists can encounter when creating a biological profile of an unknown decedent. The purpose of this project is to analyze the effects of different weapons and the degree of trauma subjected to the skull. Domestic pig heads were used in this experiment due to the similarities in which they share with humans. They were evenly placed from the individual firing the weapon. The weapons used for this experiment include a 9mm Diamondback Compact Pistol, a .22 Marlin Long Rifle (LR), and a 12 gauge Harrington and Richardson shotgun. A comparison of trauma seen on each of the skulls will then be recorded. It is our belief that the shotgun will produce the most damaging effect, with the 9mm being next, and the .22 LR having the least effects on the skulls.

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May 31st, 8:00 AM May 31st, 10:00 AM

Trauma to the Skull: How to Differentiate Bullet Type From Bullet Wound

WUC Summit Room

As a forensic anthropologist, it is important to understand varying types of skeletal trauma. Bullet trauma to the skull is an example of what forensic anthropologists can encounter when creating a biological profile of an unknown decedent. The purpose of this project is to analyze the effects of different weapons and the degree of trauma subjected to the skull. Domestic pig heads were used in this experiment due to the similarities in which they share with humans. They were evenly placed from the individual firing the weapon. The weapons used for this experiment include a 9mm Diamondback Compact Pistol, a .22 Marlin Long Rifle (LR), and a 12 gauge Harrington and Richardson shotgun. A comparison of trauma seen on each of the skulls will then be recorded. It is our belief that the shotgun will produce the most damaging effect, with the 9mm being next, and the .22 LR having the least effects on the skulls.