Week Four Assignment
1. You are called to examine what appear to be human remains, found on a farm. You go to the scene, process it appropriately, and bring the remains back to the morgue. Examination, in consultation with a forensic pathologist and forensic odontologist, reveals the following:
1. One skull, with large/projecting mastoid processes; rounded/thick supraorbital margins; prominent glabella and mental eminence; and robust nuchal crest. The teeth are in good repair, but notching is noted between the upper incisors, and tooth #32 has a restoration. Examination of the skull reveals a perimortem projectile wound to the frontal bone.
2. One pelvis, with wide inlet.
3. Three right adult radii.
4. Deciduous second molar.
2. What do these found remains indicate to you (minimum number of individuals, biological profiles, methods of identification, and cause/manner of death)? (10 pts.)
3. How may Antemortem, Perimortem, and Postmortem Trauma be distinguished? What contribution does such play in the Forensic Investigation of Death? (10 pts.)
4. What are your obligations as an Expert Witness? (5 pts.)