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Test Your Knowledge of Forensic Anthropology

Forensic anthropology has been made famous by television series such as “Bones” on Fox.  It is an incredible field satisfying the needs of the lover of world travel and the extreme puzzle maniac.  How much do you know about forensic anthropology. Take this quick quiz to find out.

Who is regarded as the Father of Forensic Anthropology?

Dr. Bill Bass

Dr. George Parkman

Thomas Dwight

Dr. William Maples

What is the main role of a forensic anthropologist?

Examining animal bone

Examining bones in a legal capacity

Diagnosing bone disease in living persons

Performing an autopsy on soft tissue

What must a forensic anthropologist be able to do?

Perform an autopsy of soft tissue

Identify every bone in the body

Arrange bone in anatomical order

Both second and third choices

In 1980, who set up the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, also known as the Body Farm?

Dr. Bill Bass

Dr. William Maples

Dr. Clyde Snow

Dr. Richard Jantz

Who is credited with coining the phrase, “The Body Farm”?

Dr. Bill Bass founder of the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility

An FBI agent taking a course at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility

Author Patricia Cornwell

What is FORDISC?

A computer program allowing forensic anthropologists to make metric analyses on skeletal remains based on modern data.

A government agency that gives funding to forensic anthropologists.

A school for forensic anthropologists.

An acronym for ‘ Forensic Odontological Remains Discovery’.

Who developed FORDISC?

Dr. Bill Bass

Wilton Krogman and Dr. Clyde Snow

Dr. William Maples

Drs. Richard Jantz and Stephen Ousley

Which bone is most commonly used to determine the height of the deceased?





You can tell the age of skeletal remains by examining which of the following?

Length of the femur.

Shape of the pelvis.

Number of fused bones.

In general, a female skeleton has a pelvis that is…..?



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