ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2011) — One of the blind spots in forensic science, particularly in identifying unknown remains, is the inability of experts to determine how much an individual weighed based on his or her skeleton. New research from North Carolina State University moves us closer to solving this problem by giving forensic experts valuable insight into what the shape of the femur can tell us about the weight of an individual.
Researchers found that the heavier an individual was, the wider the shaft of that person's femur. (Credit: Image courtesy of North Carolina State University)