Forensic anthropology involves application of osteolgy and skeletal identification to matters involving law and the police since every human skeleton is unique in some way. The forensic anthropology is considered under the branch of physical anthropology which deals with the identification of more or less skeletonized human remains for forensic purposes.
Identification of an individual could not be done not only on the basis of skeletal parts but also with the help of morphological features of soft parts of the body. For identification several factors like racial group, sex, stature and other distinguishing features of the individual taken into consideration.
A forensic anthropologist assist in the identification of individuals whose remains are burned, mutilated, badly decomposed or sometimes the body was unrecognizable as well as they play an important role in establishing the identity of an individual through human body measurements which could help the investigators in criminal profiling.
The forensic anthropologists assist as principle investigators that collect the remains in proper manner because it is a crucial aspect in successful identification.
After the comprehensive insight about differentiation between human and non-human by examination of skeletal remains, the students will feel competent enough to estimate age, sex, ethnicity and stature of unknown individual.