Forensic anthropologists study the process of human decomposition at Western Carolina University’s Forensic Osteological Research Station to understand and solve real-life situations, including murder and mishaps, to learn how a person died and what happened to their remains.
NGSS Performance Expectation: Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers and the environment.
NC Essential Science Standard : Summarize the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers.
Post Viewing Activity : Diagram the chain of producers, consumers, and decomposers you would expect to see at the Forensic Osteological Research Station.
- American Board of Forensic Anthropology
- Fredy Peccerelli: A Forensic Anthropolgist Who Brings Closure for the “Disappeared" — TEDYouth 2014
- Recycling the Dead — Student Science (Science News for Students)
- Detective Techniques — UNC-TV LearningMedia: History Detectives