How does osteology help the anthropologist in identifying a body?

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Osteology is a subdiscipline of anthropology.  It is the study of the bones in a skeleton, which will help the anthropologist better understand the history of the individual in question.  Study of the human skeleton can tell the anthropologist indications of how the person lived, whether the person was male...

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Osteology is a subdiscipline of anthropology.  It is the study of the bones in a skeleton, which will help the anthropologist better understand the history of the individual in question.  Study of the human skeleton can tell the anthropologist indications of how the person lived, whether the person was male or female, the social standing the person most likely occupied, or certain cultural tendencies.  Study of the person's skeleton can also reveal things like the art of ancient warfare, depending on markings on the bones made by weapons of a certain age.  Disease is another thing that can be detected by the anthropologist as he studies the skeleton.  All these things will help the anthropologist better understand this persons placement in his or her circle of life.

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