As part of our agreement with the Office
of the Medical Investigator (OMI), the Laboratory of Human Osteology
retains the skeletonized remains of modern individuals of medicolegal
interest. Some of these individuals have not been identified, are
part of active investigations, or have legal actions pending. Many
of these skeletons show evidence of sharp or blunt force trauma
and/or gunshot wounds. These forensic examples are useful for teaching
purposes, as well as for research. The laboratory has documentation
of the initial examination of the body by biological anthropologists,
as well as autopsy notes.
Recent research on the Forensic Collection has focused
on animal scavenging of human remains, differential burning patterns,
and the form of secondary fractures from gunshot wounds in the cranium.
While access to the unsolved cases is restricted, researchers interested
in using the Forensics Collection should submit a request following
the Research Request Format for evaluation.
To maintain the chain of evidence, we require that
all researchers sign in to the laboratory repository when examining
the collection. Photography of individuals in the Forensics Collection
is limited, and permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Please indicate in your research request whether you
will need to photograph the remains. Should you desire any further
information, please feel free to contact the Laboratory
of Human Osteology.