Forensic Anthropology

By: Savannah Holland

What is Forensic Anthropology/How is it used in forensics?

Forensic anthropology is the scientific study and analysis of human remains, usually with the purpose of identifying the remains and the cause of death if unknown.


The requirements needed in order to gain a job in this field of forensics are a bachelor's degree in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, or anthropology as well as a graduate degree in human biology or anthropology. Most forensic anthropologists have a Ph.D. as well.

Criminal Case

On March 9, 1971, Randell Lee Harvey, a 15 year old, was murdered in Houston, and two and a half years later, his skeletal remains turned up in a Southwest Houston boat shed, although they were unaware of the identification. The case was cold until October of 2008 when forensic anthropologists used DNA tests, skeletal analysis, and circumstantial evidence to identify the remains. They also concluded that the cause of death was a shot through Harvey's eye from a .22-caliber firearm.
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Works Cited

"Careful Work Solved One of Houston's Oldest Cold Cases." Houston Chronicle. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2015.

"Forensic Anthropologist Career, Salary and Training Information." Forensic Anthropologist Career, Salary and Training Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2015.

"Forensic Anthropologist: Job Description, Outlook and Salary." N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2015.

"Forensic Anthropology Definition:." Forensic Anthropology Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2015.