ANTH 3471.1 Forensic Skeletal Identification
It is a great privilege to study the physical remains of the dead. We have to
remember that these skeletons were a living person like you and I and they
“belonged” to someone: they were someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, or child.
We need to treat them with the utmost respect and care.
Skeletal remains are also expensive and therefore a precious resource. Please tread
carefully when in the lab, e.g. watch that your backpack does not hit one of the
skeletons and damage them.
Students must refrain from mistreating or disrespecting any real or cast skeletal
remains in this lab. You need to maintain respectful and professional behaviour at all
times while working in the lab otherwise you will be asked to leave.
Saint Mary’s University
Department of Anthropology
Professor: Dr. Tanya Peckmann
Office: McNally South 217, Tel: 902 496 8719, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10 am – 1 pm or by appointment.
Course description: A detailed examination of bones of the human skeleton for
Prerequisite: 30 credit hours, including ANTH 2282, or permission of the instructor.
Time & location: Tuesdays 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, MM 226 (Forensic Anthropology Lab)
Human Osteology by Tim D. White
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology by Steven N. Byers
(This text will be used less often in this course but is required for ANTH 3472)
My lecture notes are NOT available for students who miss class. You will have to ask a
fellow classmate (very nicely) if you can borrow their notes.
Audiotaping and/or videotaping are not permitted during class unless you obtain my
6 quizzes (10% each x 6) = 60%
Lab exam = 20% (cumulative exam)
1 group assignment = 20%
Total = 100%
There is NO extra credit option. Every point counts!
Your grade will be assessed based on the following scale:
Non-negotiable Facts: I do NOT curve grades; the only exception is
if you earn (for example) 59.5% then I will round up your mark to 60%. Otherwise, the
grade you earn is the grade you will receive on your final transcript. If your final mark
is 49.4% you will receive an “F” in this course. There are NO exceptions.
**All quizzes and exams will be written in class and handed in during the class
period. All assignments must be submitted by email on the due date in pdf format.
Any assignments left at the secretary’s office or under my door (before, during, or
after the class period in which it is due) will be considered late and will receive ZERO.
I do not accept late assignments, i.e. they will receive a zero, unless you have a valid
reason that can be verified (i.e. medical certificate, death in your immediate family).
Some extreme situations may be considered, however students should make an effort
to contact me immediately and explain the situation. If you are unable to contact
me personally, have a relative or a close friend contact me (e.g. telephone, email).
However, I have the right to verify the excuse therefore you must provide me with
contact details of the medical professional responsible for your case. If you do not
provide me with these details you will receive ZERO for that assignment.
There are no make-up quizzes/exams for this class. If you provide a medical note,
within 5 calendar days of the missed quiz, the next quiz will be worth double, i.e. 20%.
You can only make-up one quiz; if you miss more than one quiz you can only receive
credit for one make-up quiz, i.e. you will receive ZERO for any missed quizzes in
addition to the one allowed. Anyone who approaches me after the 5-day grace
period will NOT be given the chance to have the next quiz worth double (i.e.
20%)and will receive a ZERO for that quiz. There is no make-up possible for the final
The Academic Calendar also cites regulations on Special Examinations (Academic
Consistent with Saint Mary’s University policy, the following instructions will apply to all
Answer in proper essay form, using proper sentence and paragraph structure.
Support generalizations with facts. Be concrete. The more you write, the better
your answer will be, as long as what you write is relevant and correct. The
quality of your writing, including grammar and spelling, the content of your
answers, and the effectiveness of your reasoning will be taken into account in
the assigning of letter grades.
Please refer to the Saint Mary’s University Academic Calendar “Examples of
Academic Offences” for the complete policy regarding academic dishonesty,
plagiarism, and cheating including examination impersonation.
If you hand in work that has been plagiarized from any source (e.g. written text,
internet, personal communication) you will receive a ZERO for that assignment.
Students with disabilities are responsible for making their needs known to the
professor and are responsible for seeking available assistance, as soon as possible,
and certainly prior to the first assignment/quiz/test.
DATE TOPIC READINGS
10 Introduction, Bone Biology, Anatomical Terminology White Ch 1-3, Byers Ch 1
Skull White p. 43-74, Byers Ch 2
17 Skull White p. 75-99, Byers Ch 2
24 Quiz #1 (White p. 43-74; Byers Ch2)
Skull White p. 75-99, Byers Ch 2
Dentition White Ch 5, Byers Ch 2
1 Quiz #2 (White p. 75-99, Byers Ch 2)
Dentition White Ch 5, Byers Ch 2
Hyoid & Vertebrae White Ch 6, Byers Ch 2
8 Quiz #3 (Dentition)
Thorax & Shoulder White Ch 7 & 8, Byers Ch 2
15 Quiz #4 (Hyoid & Vertebrae, Thorax & Shoulder)
Arm & Hand White Ch 9 & 10, Byers Ch 2
22 Arm & Hand
29 Quiz #5 (Arm & Hand)
Pelvic Girdle White Ch 11, Byers Ch 2
5 Quiz #6 (Pelvic Girdle)
Leg & Foot White Ch 12 & 13, Byers Ch 2
11-15 Fall Break
19 Leg & Foot
26 Lab Exam
3 Assignment #1
16 Assignment #1 DUE