Human v. Nonhuman Bone Identification Workshop

This is a one-day training that was designed specifically for law enforcement and other first responders, park rangers, wildlife officers, and other individuals who are likely to encounter skeletal remains during their daily work duties. The information provided is not going to be sensitive in nature, so the workshop itself is going to be open to members of the community as well. Officers who attend this course will come away with a greater understanding of how to determine whether found skeletal remains are human or non-human, and they will be provided with forensic anthropology resources who can assist with such determinations upon request.

This course involves a combination of lecture-style instruction and hands-on laboratory training. Real human and animal skeletal material in various states of completeness and showing various degrees of weathering will be used during the course. Students will also have the opportunity to view bone under a microscope in order to better understand the differences between human and non-human bones at the cellular level.

The workshop has an 8:30am start time, but it would be best if participants can arrive approximately 30 minutes early.

Instructor: Joseph Hefner, Ph.D., D-ABFA. Dr. Hefner is a board certified forensic anthropologist and forensic anthropologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. His research focuses mainly on forensic anthropology methods and theory and statistical approaches to skeletal analysis.

Tuition: $60/person*

*Meals, transportation, and lodging are not included in tuition cost.

MCOLES credit is available for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers

Saturday, August 17 at 8:30am to 4:30pm

Jacobetti Complex, 122
2296 Sugar Loaf Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

Event Type

Academic, Community


Sociology and Anthropology
Primary Contact

Jane Wankmiller or Beth Roberts

Contact Phone or Email

906-227-1148 or 906-227-1144

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