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Forensic anthropology --- Cal State L.A.'s faculty member Elizabeth Miller was recently deputized by the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner and has begun forensic anthropology consulting with the department. Miller, an associate professor of Anthropology, received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Miller's expertise also includes paleopathology, skeletal biology and disease ecology. She has done research and studies on health impacts of European contact on Native Americans and on the interpretation of disease in human skeletal remains.
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"Forensic anthropology is the application of the science of physical anthropology to the legal process. The identification of skeletal, badly decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains is important for both legal and humanitarian reasons. Forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to identify human remains, and to assist in the detection of crime. Forensic anthropologists frequently work in conjunction with forensic pathologists, odontologists, and homicide investigators to identify a decedent, discover evidence of foul play, and/or the postmortem interval. In addition to assisting in locating and recovering suspicious remains, forensic anthropologists work to suggest the age, sex, ancestry, stature, and unique features of a decedent from the skeleton." -- American Board of Forensic Anthropology
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