Forensic Taphonomy

By Joe Lodovico

Job Description

This branch of paleontology deals with the process of fossilization from human remains.

How this is used in Forensics

The people that work in this field are concerned with the study of the decompositioin of human remains, specifically in the context of burial sites.

Requirements needed to participate in this field

According to the University of Tennessee

First SemesterSecond Semester

Civil Procedure I (3)Civil Procedure II (3)

Contracts I (3)Contracts II (3)

Criminal Law (3)Legal Process II (3)

Legal Process I (3)Property (4)

Torts I (3)Torts II (3)

Second Year

  • Legal Profession (3)
  • Constitutional Law (4)

Other requirements

  • Perspective Course
  • Expository Writing
  • Planning and Drafting
  • Professional Skills
  • The Atlanta Child Murders

    "In a two year period between 1979 and 1981, 29 people — almost all children — were strangled by a serial killer. Police staked out a local river where other bodies had been dumped and arrested Wayne Williams as he was driving away from the sound of a splash in an area where a body was recovered a couple of days later. Police didn’t witness him drop the body, so their case was based largely on forensic evidence gathered from fibers found on the victims. In all, there were nearly 30 types of fiber linked to items from Williams’ house, his vehicles and even his dog. In 1982, he was convicted of killing two adult victims and sentenced to life in prison, although the Atlanta police announced that Williams was responsible for at least 22 of the child murders."


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