Forensic Science Human Remains

What does a forensic pathologist do?

Determine the time of death.

What time frame is best for the forensic pathologist?

Within the first 24 hours of death.

What are three primary indicators of death?

Algor, livor, and rigor mortis.

Rigor Mortis is -

The rigidity of muscles after death.

Livor Mortis is -

The settling of blood after death.

Algor Mortis is -

The cooling rate of the body after death.

Rigor Mortis can determine -


Livor Mortis can determine -

Time and position after death.

Algor Mortis can determine -

Time and temperature.

What are some factors that affect Algor Mortis?

Temperature of the environment, clothing, wetness, Air movement, size of the individual.

Forensic Anthropology -

applied anthropology specializing in the changes of bones for the purpose of legal use.

What are some things determinable by forensic anthropology?

Age range, Sex, Race, Approximate height, and Cause of Death.

Number of bones in the human body -


Ways to determine age via bones -

Teeth, Epiphyses, Cranial Structures

What bone is used to determine sex using bones?

The Pelvis

What in the pelvis differs from male to female?

The Pelvis itself is wider for the sake of child birthing.

Forensic Odontology -

The use of teeth for legal inquiry.

What is facial reconstruction mostly used for?

Identification of the body a skeleton belonged to.

Forensic Entomology -

The use of insects and patterns associated with such to determine the time of death in an individual exposed to natural interaction.

What is the most common insect used for Forensic Entomology?

The Blowfly

Where are fly eggs most commonly found on the human body after death?

In all the various orifices, usually the eyes and nose.