Forensic Science Institute

May 19, 2016 | NC State News

Study: Eye-Socket Condition Thought Extinct is Actually Widespread

Some forensic anthropologists thought the skull condition called cribra orbitalia (CO) was a thing of the past. However, new research from NC State and the University of the Witwatersrand finds that it not only still exists, but is fairly common in both North America and South Africa.

May 19, 2016 | Nature World News

Skull Condition Believed to be Extinct Long Ago Still Exists

Researchers from NC State and University of Witwatersrand have discovered that a skull condition believed to be extinct is still in existence and quite common in North America and South Africa. Ann Ross, anthropology, featured.

Mar 24, 2016 | NC State News

Forensic Researchers Set Standards for X-Ray Identification of Bodies

For the first time, forensic researchers have established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of a person's spine, upper leg or side of the skull.

Jan 14, 2016 | NC State News

Forensic Research on Modern Child Abuse Can Shed Light on Past Cultures

NC State forensic experts have published guidance on how research into modern-day forensic analysis of child-abuse victims can be used to shed light on how children of earlier cultures were treated.

Sep 28, 2015 | NC State News

Study: Ancestral Background Can Be Determined by Fingerprints

A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual's ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics — a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research.

Mar 6, 2014

Forensic Experts Compile Guide on How to ID Child Abuse, Starvation

Forensic science experts from NC State University are publishing a comprehensive overview of forensic research that can be used to identify child abuse and starvation. “By pulling all of this information together in one place, we hope we can save the lives of some children and find justice for others,” says Dr. Ann Ross, a professor of anthropology at NC State and lead author of the paper.

Feb 2, 2012

CSI NC State: Forensics Lab Shines Light on Crime

Researchers from across campus, including key faculty from Humanities and Social Sciences, are working with law enforcement to transform the way we solve crimes.