So what is Forensic Anthropology?

Scope of work : A forensic anthropologist would likely be called to assist when encountering a decomposed, mostly skeletonized body. The skills of the forensic anthropologist will be critical in the recovery and documentation of the skeletal remains and associated evidence at the scene as well as the subsequent lab analysis of the bones to identify the person and how they died. With expertise in archaeological methods, this is very crucial.

Education and Training: Forensic anthropologists usually earn a Ph.D. in anthropology with an emphasis on the study of human anatomy. Each is broadly trained in physical or biological anthropology with an emphasis in skeletal biology. To gain credibility, many gain accreditation from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.

Career opportunities: Mostly are university professors who perform casework on a part-time basis for the office of Medical Examiners. Others work full-time at large medical examiner offices. Others may work for human right organizations and federal government agencies (PDRM, TLDM). Positions are very limited and competitive.