Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Anthropology Quiz Crafted by-

Afreen Tarannum

Senior Scientific Officer,

Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

Forensic anthropology is a special sub-field of physical anthropology (the study of human remains) that involves applying skeletal analysis and techniques in archaeology to solving criminal cases. When human remains or a suspected burial are found,  forensic anthropologists are called upon to gather information from the bones and their recovery context to determine who died, how they died, and how long ago they died.  Forensic anthropologists specialize in analyzing hard tissues such as bones. With their training in archaeology, they are also knowledgeable about excavating buried remains and meticulously recording the evidence.

 Let's look at the questions and their answers: 

Ques 1. Which of the following bones assist in the determination of stature?

a) Tibia

b) Mandible

c) Maxilla

d) Calcaneum


Answer- a) Tibia


Ques 2. The ossification centre that appears in a foetus at seven month of pregnancy is

a) Pisiform

b) Talus

c) Navicular

d) Lunate

Answer - b) Talus


Ques 3. Which bone helps to determine accurately the sex in a foetus?

 a) Femur

b) Skull

c) Sacrum

d) Hip Bone

Answer- d) Hip Bone

Ques 4. Stature was first determined in the 1950s by

a) Jaunts

b) Trotter and Gleser

c) Darwin

d) Watson and Crick

Answer- b) Trotter and Gleser


Ques 5. The sciatic notch is located:

a) Between Pelvic Bones

b) On the back of the skull

c) Under the Jaw

d) On the front of the skull

Answer- a) Between Pelvic Bones


Ques 6.The fusion of diaphysis and epiphysis is called

a) Sternal Ends

b) Brow Ridges

c) Metaphysis

d) Sciatic Notch

Answer- c) Metaphysis


Ques 7. Which is the best feature of the Pelvis bone that helps in accurate sex determination?

a) Subpubic Angle

b) Greater Sciatic Notch

c) Inverted Ischial Tuberosity

d) Everted Ischial Pubic Rami

Answer- c) Inverted Ischial Tuberosity


Ques 8. Washburn’s index helps in the determination of

a) Age

b) Sex

c) Stature

d) Race

Answer- b) Sex


Ques 9. The following formula is used for the determination of stature:

a) Gustafson’s

b) Karl Pearson’s

c) Harrison Gilroy

d) Kastle Meyer

Answer- b) Karl Pearson’s


Ques 10. The accuracy of sex determination from pelvis is

a) 80%

b) 85%

c) 90%

d) 95%

Answer- d) 95%


Ques 11. The total number of carpal bones in a child aged 16 yrs. is

a) 4

b) 6

c) 8

d) 10

Answer- c) 8


Ques 12. Boyde’s formula helps to determine

a) Age

b) Sex

c) Stature

d) Race

Answer- a) Age


Ques 13. Rule of Hasse helps in the determination of

a) Age of Foetus

b) Congenital anomalies of Foetus

c) Sex of Foetus

d) Stature of Foetus

Answer- a) Age of Foetus


Ques 14. Differentiation of human and animal bone is most difficult with

a) Skull

b) Pelvis

c) Ear Ossicles

d) Femur

Answer- c) Ear Ossicles


Ques 15. Medullary index of long bones helps to determine

a) Age

b) Sex

c) Race

d) All of the above

Answer- b) Sex

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