The Bone Lab

Bones tell the story of a person's life. Forensic anthropologists at NC State University use advanced forensic science techniques to identify victims and solve crimes. Their work in using skeletal measurements and chemical composition of bones to identify a person's origin has drawn worldwide attention.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

Discussion Questions

  1. What kind of subjects do forensic anthropologists study?
  2. What can bones tell us about the life of an individual?
  3. How can ethnicity be learned from bones?
  4. What is ethnicity? Is it the same as race?
  5. Is race an illusion?


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