Skip to page content

Investigating forensics

Investigating forensics

Biological Profile

 Analyze / Biological Profile

You have sent the evidence to the Forensic Anthropology lab.

Identifying unknown individuals is a key part of forensic anthropology. In this section you will assist in the identification process by constructing a biological profile from the recovered remains. This includes estimating age, sex, and ancestry, as well as identifying specific characteristics, like diseases or injuries.

Biological Profile

There are a few basic characteristics that can be used to help identify an individual.

Characteristics like male/female, young/old, and tall/short are broad, but may be narrowed down (e.g. 40-50 yrs old) or added to with information like ancestry, or injuries/disease to further refine a search. In this way, anthropologists can create a complete description - or biological profile - of an individual to compare with missing persons information and reduce the list of people who might match the remains.