William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 8, September, 2010

Graduate School #5 Osteology

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 14:48

I.          Introduction

  • A.        Bone
  • B.         Species

II.         What bone is it?

  1. Skull
  2. Ribs
  3. Vertebrae
  4. Pelvis
  5. Long bones

III.       Is it human?

  1. Humans gracile
  2. Biped vs. Quadruped
    1. Pelvis
    2. Angle of the hip
    3. Angle of the elbow

IV.       Lookie-Likies

    • Deer

    Heavy long bones
    Quadrepedial hip
    Spinous processes
    Colour
    80-150#

  1. Dog
    1. Similar long bones, not as long
    2. Quadrepedial hip
    3. Spinous processes
    4. 20-150# animal
    5. Child to small adult
  1. Cow
    1. Very heavy long bones
    2. Quadrepedial hip
    3. Spinous processes
    4. Heavy, thick ribs
    5. 1500# animal
  1. Bear
    1. Paws & gait
    2. Long bones heavy and not as long as human
    3. Similar vertebrae
    4. 150-400# animal
  1. Pig
    1. Heavy, short long bones
    2. Thick ribs
    3. 100-500# animal
  1. Sheep
    1. Snout
    2. Skull in incinerator shaft.
  1. Body Disposal
    1. Burial
    2. Cremation
    3. Sky burial
    4. Burial at sea
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