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Bone Detectives: Formal Case Report

             After the shocking discovery of a skeleton in a park, we are here to analyze the remaining bones to find the identity of the deceased person.
             Summary of Findings.
             The gender of the skeleton was first analyzed by looking at the skull and the pelvis because both have significant differences between males and females. The pelvis was heart shaped, showing the sacrum and coccyx, hinting that it belonged to a man. The notion the skeleton was male was further proven with the examination of the skull, the results were consistent with average male traits. The skull had square eye orbits, the mandible was square or U shaped, and the zygomatic process was expressed beyond the external auditory meatus; this all proved the gender was male. The limitations of these methods show that certain qualitative traits can be interpreted differently, such as a V-shape or a round frontal bone. .
             The subject's race was determined by examining the nasal cavity and other traits of the skull. Through a prominent spine, sharp ridge, and straight projection of the jaw, it was concluded that the subject was of White or Caucasian descent. The subject's height range was determined using math equations and the humerus.The inconsistencies of this method include error in calculating quantitative results and error in measuring the bone. The final height range for the subject was between 5'3" and 5'6". We determined that the age of the White male was 18 years of age. We concluded this data by examining the Femur, Humerus, and Pelvis and comparing the bones to qualitative and quantitative data. This data helped to explain the age of the male at his death. The limitations of this method are the miss observations of the qualitative data and on the different views of fellow group members. .
             Further Analysis.
             The use of facial reconstruction, a process involving the recreation of the face of an individual whose identity cannot be interpreted from analyzing their skeletal remains, could have been used in this case.

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