Dating your skeleton

Skull Look for the sagittal suture – the squiggly line that runs the length of the skull – and note whether is it's completely fused.If it is, the remains are likely to be of someone older than 35.Look for a second line at the front of the skull -- the coronal suture – which fully fuses by age 40. If they're worn down it could be a sign of a poor diet.If they're well-maintained and/or have good dental work such as fillings, they were able to afford proper dental care—another clue as to the identity of your skeleton.

To identify gender, assess the pelvis shape; men have a narrow, deep pelvis and women a wider, shallower pelvis, better-suited to carrying a baby.For a quick identification in the field, a forensic anthropologist will find the notch in the fan-shaped bone of the pelvis and stick their thumb into it.If there's room to wiggle the thumb, then it's a female; if it's a tight fit, it's the skeleton of a man Wrist Examine the wrists, as bones often hold clues to the primary work of the decedent.Bony ridges form where the muscles were attached and pulled over the years.A forensic anthropologist might find a bony ridge on the wrist and decide the dead person may have been someone who used their hands for a living, such as a chef or seamstress.

DNA DNA samples may be taken from any existing hair tissue.

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