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Skeleton Secrets

Dead men tell no tales, but their bones can. It just takes a particular kind of scientist to read the clues that tell the story. Dr. Biology sits down with guest Tony Falsetti, a forensic anthropologist who knows his way around a skeleton. They talk about the role of forensic anthropology and some of the mysteries of history Tony has helped to solve.

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Topic Time
Introduction 00:00
The difference between anthropology and archeology. 02:11
Beyond crime solving what do forensic anthropologists do? 03:38
Other mysteries forensic anthropology has investigated. 04:45
What can Forensic Anthropology identify? 0619
What can't Forensic Anthropology identify? 08:47
Importance and reality of skeleton condition. 09:17
Are you sometimes working on the ultimate jigsaw puzzle? 09:58
Forensic Artists 10:52
The mystery of George Washington's brother, Samuel. 12:57
The story of Anastasia and Alexei, two children of Czar Nicholas II 16:39
Favorite method of identifying a body. [frontal sinus cavity] 17:34
Bones and teeth. 18:50
Teeth and isotopes 19:48
Number of bones in the human body when born and as an adult. 20:26
Three Questions. 23:04
When did you first know you wanted to be a forensic anthropologist? 24:14
What would you do if you could not be an forensic anthropologist? 24:26
Advice for future forensic anthropologists. 25:08
Career outlook for forensic scientists and forensic anthropologists. 2614
Sign-off. [learn more - Busy Bones] 27:47

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Skeleton Secrets

Audio editor: CJ Kazilek

Skeleton Viewer and Game

To learn more about bones visit Busy Bones. You will find a skeleton viewer, a bone dissection activity, and a virtual microscope complete with bone tissue slides.

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Skeleton Viewer and Game

To learn more about bones visit Busy Bones. You will find a skeleton viewer, a bone dissection activity, and a virtual microscope complete with bone tissue slides.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.