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Forensic anthropology is the use of the science of physical anthropology (and human osteology) in an authorized setting (such examples are the well-known shows “Bones”, “CSI: Miami”, “CSI: NY”, etc.). A forensic anthropologist can help in the proof of identity of deceased persons whose remains are seared, mutilated, decomposed, distorted or else unrecognizable. “Forensic anthropologists work with coroners and others in identifying and analyzing human remains.” (pg. 14, Jurmain) “Why study bones? In summary, the answer is that bones often survive the process of decay and provide the main evidence for the human form after death." (Medstate) The first form of communication a forensic anthropologist receives usually comes from law enforcement officers. Forensic anthropologists do not only work for the prosecution, and, likewise, they are not solely involved in criminal cases. They are more of so like the CSI, but work mainly with remains of humans. Forensic anthropologists often work with the defense in criminal cases. Forensic anthropologists should be willing to answer questions as they arise, regardless of what side they would want to be or support. Forensic anthropologists are called to assist in...