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A bilogical profile is an anthropology term to describe what an ancient person might have looked like, based on the remains of the person.  Usually, anthropologists have little more than parts of a skeleton to go by, but they can reconstruct some amazing details from the bones they ahve and...

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A bilogical profile is an anthropology term to describe what an ancient person might have looked like, based on the remains of the person.  Usually, anthropologists have little more than parts of a skeleton to go by, but they can reconstruct some amazing details from the bones they ahve and the condition they are in.  For example, we just watched a video in my science class that was about the iceman discovered in the high alpine regions of Tibet.  Scientists fixed the icemans approximate age at 5300 years.  He was preserved by the snow and ice, still had mummified remains, hair, skin, nails, even clothes.  This find was much more than what the average find is that anthropologists work with in reconstructing a biological profile.  From the condition of the bones, the scientist may estimate height, sex, build, race, and other distinguishing physical characteristics.  Scientists may also make prognostications about military service or way the person was killed.  In the case of the iceman, someone killed him by shooting him with an arrow.

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