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Forensic Anthropology

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The National Institute of Justice, through the NamUs program, provides funding and support to provide the following analyses of skeletal remains to investigating agencies:

  • Distinguishing historical/archaeological remains from modern remains.
  • Development of biological profiles — such as sex, ancestry, stature, and age — to aid searches for possible matches.
  • Identifications of skeletal remains based on comparisons of medical and radiographic information.
  • Trauma analysis to contribute to cause and manner of death determinations.

For questions on our Anthropology services, please contact your Regional Program Specialist (RPS) assigned to your state.

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Date Created: March 26, 2021