Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Byrne, Ana M. URN etd-07202006-142543 Title Forensic anthropology : its contribution to forensic cases submitted to the University of Montana for analysis Degree Master of Arts Department Anthropology Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Randall Skelton Committee Chair David Strobel Committee Member William Prentiss Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2006-07-15 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe Anthropology Lab at the University of Montana is regularly consulted by law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Montana on cases suspected to involve skeletal human remains. In this paper, how specifically Forensic Anthropology contributes to these cases is examined. Cases submitted to the UM Lab for analysis between the years of 1971 and 2004 are followed up and the agencies involved are asked specific questions regarding each case. Agencies responded to questions regarding 97 of the UMís 238 total cases. Results of this study show that of those cases containing contemporary human remains about 18% were identified after the UM performed their analysis, and about 60% had not been identified. With modern day forensic technology advancing at such a rapid rate, this paper aims to show that in Montana, Forensic Anthropology is a tool that has become less useful in its ability to assist in determining an unknown decedentís identification, while being most useful in determining if a case in question is one that involves contemporary human remains to begin with.
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