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Forensic Anthropology Subcommittee

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The Forensic Anthropology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to application of anthropological methods and theory, particularly those relating to the recovery and analysis of human remains.

Officers | Members | StandardsDiscipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations


Diane France, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado

Todd Fenton, Ph.D., Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Michigan State University


Eric Bartelink, California State University, Chico

Bill Belcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Donna Catherine Boyd, Ph.D., Radford University

Franklin Damann, U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory 

Sharon Derrick, Ph.D., Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Paul Emanovsky, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory 

Kristen Hartnett-McCann, Ph.D., Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Joseph Hefner, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Daniel Martin, Maricopa County, State of Arizona (Legal Representative)

Wendy McQuade, Ph.D., University of North Texas Center for Human Identification

Owen Middleton, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Deb Pinto, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS)

Adele Quigley-McBride, Duke Law, Wilson Center for Science and Justice (Human Factors Representative)

Tiffany Saul, Middle Tennessee State University

Kate Spradley, Texas State University


Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry 

  • None currently.

Tier 2: Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

  • Standard for Population Affinity in Estimation in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Analyzing Pathological Conditions and Anomalies in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Guidelines for Anthropology Scene Detection and Processing.
  • Standard for Resolving Commingled Remains in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Analyzing and Reporting on Skeletal Trauma in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Personal Identification in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Support of the Postmortem Interval.
  • Standard for Determination of Medicolegal Significance from Skeletal Material. 

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Standards for Qualifications in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Proficiency Testing in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Standard for Documentation, Reporting and Testimony.
  • Standard for Research on Recent Human Remains.
  • Standard for Isotopic Analysis of Human Remains.
  • Standard for Skeletal Sampling and Preparation in Forensic Anthropology.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.

* The documents below originated from the former FBI/DoD sponsored SWGANTH working group. The website as of November 13, 2018 is not affiliated with the former FBI/DoD sponsored group of the same name.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.
Created July 9, 2014, Updated January 19, 2021