Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Anthropology (Forensic Anthropology Option)
Department or School/College
Department of Anthropology
Randall R. Skelton
John Douglas, Richard Bridges
case study, forensic anthropology
University of Montana
UMFC case #141 was acqired in spring 2006, as a commercially prepared anatomical specimen, reportedly from the Peoples Republic of China. It is a nealy complete skeleton that exhibits severe trauma of hte lower limbs. I reviewed the literature on methods of estimating age from the skeleton, because age is difficult to estimate for this case nad presents an interesting challenge. I then proceeded to estimate sex, ancestry, age, stature, and weight. I conclude that UMFC #141 is a White male, 39 to 45 years old, 5'0" to 5'4" in height, 110 to 161 pounds in weight. Healed fractures of both tibiae and fibulae, and of ribs 8,9, and 10 are present. Degenerative joint disease is widespread throughout the skeleton, and cribra orbitalia is present. Time since death is difficult to estimate due to the manner of preparation of the skeleton.
Takebe, Yasuko, "A Comprehensive Case Report of University of Montana Forensic Collection Case #141" (2007). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 256.
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