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Forensic Bones: Super Value Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Forensics Bones Activity Kit for anatomy, consider the correlation between ulna length and total body height. What can be learned about a dead person if only the bones of the dead person were found?

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A dead body has been found and the only things remaining are the bones. What can be learned about the dead person? Forensic scientists often make inferences from the bones of a dead person. In this activity students consider the correlation between length of the ulna (long bone of the lower arm) and total body height. Scaled drawings of ulna bones are provided, and students develop their own correlation of height and ulna length. After graphing their measurements, students use the graphed results to make predictions about who-dun-it!

All materials are reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.