Our Bones: The Need for Diverse Human Skeletal CollectionsRobert W Mann*
Department of Defense, Forensic Science Academy, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Robert W. Mann
Director, Department of Defense
Forensic Science Academy, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 22, 2013; Accepted date: May 24, 2013; Published date: May 25, 2013
Citation: Mann RW (2013) Our Bones: The Need for Diverse Human Skeletal Collections. Anthropol 1:e103. doi: 10.4172/2332-0915.1000e103
Copyright: © 2013 Mann RW. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
As a forensic anthropologist my job, career and reputation literally depend on knowing the human skeleton inside out. But my work requires more than simply being able to distinguish human from nonhuman remains, or a fragment of a radius from an ulna, to consistently and accurately estimating a person’s age at death, ancestry, sex, stature, identity, trauma and disease by examining their bones and teeth. Becoming a skilled physical anthropologist, therefore, requires years of education, training, and experience studying known-identity skeletons, as well as documented examples of disease and trauma. The foundation for much of this training rests on the availability and accessibility of large and diverse human skeletal collections from around the world.