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Buck, Alanah

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Pathology - Journal of the RCPA: 2010 - Volume 42 - Issue - p S26
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Human skeletal remains may present in a variety of forms in the mortuary. In some cases they are in a fragmented state due to weathering, body disruption or incineration. Identification can be difficult for the pathologist in these types of cases.

Incinerated remains present as particularly problematic due to the shrinkage, warping and colour change that also takes place. Locating small landmarks can help in the identification of the bone and its position in the body. This in turn, can provide information relating to minimum number of individuals present and other biological indicators such as sex and personal age.

Some areas of the skeleton preserve more frequently than others and it is these locations and their significance that will be discussed and some examples will be provided.

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