Sex estimation in forensic anthropology using the radius, femur, And scapula

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2016
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Longe, Simone
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Longe, Simone. 2016. Sex estimation in forensic anthropology using the radius, femur, And scapula -- Lambda Alpha Journal, v.46, p.82-99

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According to the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, "forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to analyze human remains, and to aid in the detection of crime" (ABFA, 2010). Furthermore, forensic anthropology today is defined as "the scientific discipline that focuses on the life, the death, and the post life history of a specific individual, as reflected primarily in their skeletal remains and the physical and forensic context in which they are emplaced" (Dirkmaat et al., 47). Forensic anthropologists are responsible for a number of duties including skeletal trauma analysis, forensic taphonomy, and forensic archaeology. It is important to note that forensic anthropologists only work with human remains that are of both modem and of forensic significance (Tersigni-Tarrant and Shirley, 2013). For example, a forensic anthropologist would not be interested in working with ancient remains, as law enforcement would have no use for them.

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