Re: AAT and swimming

loopy (
12 Dec 1994 05:15:43 GMT

In article <>, Pat Dooley
<> wrote:

> We all know that you candetermine race based on skeletal evidence. The
> question is whether the reconstruction of the nose by forensic scientists
> is based on evidence specific to the nose or on other evidence.

Specific to the nose. You can tell whether a nose is flat or protruding by
looking at the bones alone -- no cartilage is needed.

>For example,
> if the skull suggests Asian then the scientist isn't going to reconstruct
> a non-Asian nose.

My advisor has done just that. In a case he had last year, the person was
of mixed race. She had flat nose, mixed with other features that were more
caucasoid; and the reconstruction my advisor made reflected this. There was
no cartilage present.

> When you start looking at ancient fossils you really
> don't have much to work with except a hole in the skull. The cartilidge
> and bone fragments that a forensic scientist might use are likely not
> to have been preserved.

When a forensic anthropologist is called in, it's usually because there's
nothing but bones left.