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Today, scientists who read human remains expand our knowledge of ourselves and reach back to recover our past. Tomorrow's forensic anthropologists will reveal our 21st-century lives to our descendents.


Kari Bruwelheide giving a tour
Image courtesy of: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Our ability to read the "lives" in skeletons is constantly growing. We have many new technologies and methods for analyzing bone. But much of our progress has come from knowledge available only in research collections of human skeletal remains. They allow us to better understand human adaptations and the human experience. 

Skeletal research collections that represent both past and present-day populations will train the next generation of forensic anthropologists.

Will you be among them?

child in anthropology collections

Image courtesy of Chip Clark

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