Flashcards in Identification of Human Beings Deck (8)
What is the purpose of identifying the dead?
-closure for families
-assessment of injuries
What is involved in identification?
-specialist analysis e.g. anatomists/anthropologists or DNA testing
How can sex be determined?
-sexual dimorphism of skeleton
-examination for prostate gland/testes or uterus/ovaries
How can age be determined?
-bone development using ossification centres in fetus/neonates
-assessment of epiphyses in children/adolescents
-ageing by teeth proves most valuable factor
Why is it difficult to determine stature?
-people may not have had their height measured accurately in life
-however, the lower limb is the most useful for calculation of height
What can make IDing easier?
when there is a possible identity available to compare
How can a persons medical history be of use?
- history of deformities, arthritis, gallstones
-surgical procedures: surgical implants or prostheses, pacemakers, old fractures, removal of organs
-tattoos, particularly names