Ascertaining the Difference Between Human and Bear Remains

March 1, 2011

BRANDON, MB — The Science Seminar Series continues with Brandon University Lecturer Suyoko Tsukamoto, of the Anthropology Department. She will give a talk entitled “The ‘Bear’ Necessities: Differentiating animal from human skeletal remains in forensic contexts.”

“During death investigations involving skeletonized remains, one of the first questions posed to forensic anthropologists is: ‘Are these remains human?’ In this seminar, (I) will briefly review the methods anthropologists use to differentiate animal from human bone with a focus on histologic/microscopic methods,” said Tsukamoto. “Microstructural features of bone and their patterns will be discussed. Past case examples will also be available for guests to examine.”

This seminar will be given on Friday, March 4, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Room 3-42, in the Brodie (Science) Building. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

For more information, please contact:

Joanne F. Villeneuve
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762