Forensic Anthropologist Web License Quiz

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  • 1. 

    You can tell the age of a skeleton by looking at the:

    • A.

      Length of the femur

    • B.

      Shape of the pelvis

    • C.

      Number of fused bones

    Correct Answer
    C. Number of fused bones
    Explanation
    The number of fused bones can be used to determine the age of a skeleton because as a person ages, certain bones in the body fuse together. This process, known as ossification, occurs gradually over time, and the number of fused bones increases with age. By examining the skeleton and counting the number of fused bones, it is possible to estimate the age of the individual.

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  • 2. 

    In general, a female skeleton will have a pelvis that is:

    • A.

      Wider

    • B.

      Narrower

    Correct Answer
    A. Wider
    Explanation
    Female skeletons typically have a wider pelvis compared to male skeletons. This is because the female pelvis is adapted for childbirth, requiring a larger birth canal to accommodate the passage of a baby's head. The wider pelvis allows for easier delivery of the baby during childbirth. Additionally, the female pelvis is generally broader and more rounded to provide stability and support for the reproductive organs.

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  • 3. 

    Which bone is most commonly used to determine the height of the deceased?

    • A.

      Humerus

    • B.

      Sternum 

    • C.

      Femur

    • D.

      Clavicle

    Correct Answer
    C. Femur
    Explanation
    The femur, or thigh bone, is the longest and strongest bone in the human body. It is commonly used to determine the height of the deceased because its length is directly proportional to a person's height. By measuring the femur, forensic experts can estimate the individual's height, which can be crucial in identifying the deceased in cases where only skeletal remains are present. The femur is a reliable indicator of height due to its consistent length and its role in supporting the body's weight.

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  • 4. 

    You can tell if a person is right or left handed from their bones.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "You can tell if a person is right or left handed from their bones" is false. While certain bones may show signs of asymmetry due to repetitive movements associated with handedness, it is not possible to definitively determine a person's handedness solely based on their bones. Handedness is a complex trait influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and cultural factors. Thus, it cannot be accurately determined by examining bones alone.

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  • 5. 

    Wearing at joints at certain points on the skeleton can give you clues about the person's:

    • A.

      Height

    • B.

      Gender

    • C.

      Race

    • D.

      Weight

    Correct Answer
    D. Weight
    Explanation
    Wearing at joints at certain points on the skeleton can give you clues about the person's weight because excessive weight and pressure on the joints can cause them to wear down over time. The wear patterns can indicate the amount of stress that the joints have been subjected to, which is often correlated with body weight. Therefore, analyzing the wear on joints can provide insights into the person's weight.

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  • 6. 

    The sciatic notch is located:

    • A.

      Between pelvic bones

    • B.

      On the back of the skull

    • C.

      Under the jaw

    Correct Answer
    A. Between pelvic bones
    Explanation
    The sciatic notch is located between the pelvic bones. The sciatic notch is a large notch on the posterior aspect of the pelvis, formed by the ischium and the ilium bones. It serves as a passageway for the sciatic nerve, which is the longest and thickest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and into the legs. Understanding the location of the sciatic notch is important in anatomy and medical fields, as it helps in identifying and diagnosing issues related to the sciatic nerve.

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  • 7. 

    Which one do If a forensic anthropologist uses his thumb to check the width of a notch on the pelvis, he is trying to identify the:you like?

    • A.

      Age

    • B.

      Gender

    • C.

      Weight

    Correct Answer
    B. Gender
    Explanation
    A forensic anthropologist can use the width of a notch on the pelvis to determine the gender of an individual. The pelvic notch, also known as the subpubic angle, is wider in females compared to males. By using his thumb to measure the width of this notch, the anthropologist can make an educated guess about the gender of the individual. This method is based on the anatomical differences between male and female pelves, and it can provide valuable information in forensic investigations.

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  • 8. 

    The sagittal suture in the skull can be investigated to determine:

    • A.

      Age

    • B.

      Gender

    • C.

      Race

    Correct Answer
    A. Age
    Explanation
    The sagittal suture in the skull can be investigated to determine age. The sagittal suture is a fibrous joint that connects the two parietal bones of the skull. As a person ages, this suture gradually fuses and becomes less visible. By examining the degree of fusion or closure of the sagittal suture, forensic anthropologists and archaeologists can estimate the age of an individual. This method is particularly useful in determining the age of skeletal remains when other methods, such as dental analysis or growth plates, are not available.

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  • 9. 

    A forensic entomologist would study what on the corpse?

    • A.

      Finger bones

    • B.

      Insects

    • C.

      Blood

    Correct Answer
    B. Insects
    Explanation
    A forensic entomologist studies insects on a corpse to determine various aspects of a crime scene, such as the time of death, location, and potential presence of drugs or toxins. Insects are attracted to decomposing bodies and go through predictable stages of colonization, which can provide valuable information to investigators. By analyzing the types and life cycles of insects found on a corpse, a forensic entomologist can help establish a timeline and gather evidence to aid in solving a crime.

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  • 10. 

    Compared to a male, the jaw of a female is:

    • A.

      Round

    • B.

      Square

    • C.

      Flat

    Correct Answer
    A. Round
    Explanation
    The jaw of a female is round compared to a male. This is because females tend to have softer facial features, and a round jawline is often considered more feminine. On the other hand, males typically have a more square or angular jawline, which is associated with a more masculine appearance.

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  • 11. 

    The skull of an African-American would likely have a _____ eye orbital than a Caucasian.

    • A.

      Wider

    • B.

      Narrower

    Correct Answer
    A. Wider
    Explanation
    Due to genetic and ethnic differences, the skull of an African-American individual is often characterized by a wider eye orbital compared to that of a Caucasian individual. This variation in eye orbital width is a result of differences in facial structure and bone development between different racial and ethnic groups.

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  • 12. 

    The field of science that would be involved in identifying skeletal remains is called:

    • A.

      Reconstruction anatomy

    • B.

      Forensic anthropology

    • C.

      Physiology

    Correct Answer
    B. Forensic anthropology
    Explanation
    Forensic anthropology is the correct answer because it is the field of science that specializes in the identification and analysis of skeletal remains. This involves examining bones to determine the age, sex, ancestry, and other characteristics of the individual. Forensic anthropologists use their knowledge of human anatomy and skeletal biology to assist in criminal investigations, identify unknown individuals, and provide information for legal proceedings. Reconstruction anatomy and physiology are not specifically focused on identifying skeletal remains, making forensic anthropology the most appropriate field in this context.

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