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J Forensic Sci. 1988 Jul;33(4):985-97.

Tooth mark artifacts and survival of bones in animal scavenged human skeletons.

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King County Medical Examiner's Office, Seattle WA.


Animal scavenging activity can result in production of tooth mark artifacts. Such activity can confound interpretation of skeletal material and the identification process. To date, these topics have received limited attention in the forensic science literature. This study discusses the nature of various animal tooth mark artifacts and typical damage to selected bony elements. This study also assesses survivability of various skeletal elements over time. Two major factors that affect which bones are recovered and the amount of damage are circumstances which shelter remains from animals and human population density of the area where the skeleton is recovered.

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