For my practicum, I was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Gooding on public outreach and the expansion of Forensic Anthropology within community schools. My overall goal was to create a Forensic Anthropology Traveling Trunk designed to teach grades K-5. While the thought of this creation may have sounded it easy, it was rather challenging creating each activity based on the State of Georgia’s standards. My goals were easily accomplished by working with teachers from different schools when it came to designing my Traveling Trunk. With the help of public educators, I wanted to create activities that would promote forensic anthropology but also in a fun way that students would be interested in participating.
Throughout the semester, I was also taking Lab in Forensic
Anthropology which helped guided me when it came to preparing my
activities. My finished product was a
mobile traveling case that public educators can use to teach students about
Forensic Anthropology. The trunk consisted of four different activities, Sex
estimation, Human vs. Animal Identification, Trauma Analysis, and Long Bones
Identification. Lastly, if given the opportunity I would like to expand more on
my research and see how other public educators and students across America
enjoy the use of Traveling Trunks.
This semester I had to opportunity to create a comparative collection of animal bones for Investigators and students to study. This involved collecting animals remains and processing them to be able to see the anatomical and morphological differences between human bone and non-human. Another aspect of the project was collecting animal bones from local butcher shops to show what domesticated animal bones look like compared to other native wildlife species.
During the Spring of 2019 over 700 animal bones were analyzed, collected and cataloged. I created an Excel spreadsheet of the species of animals I collected along with number of bones and type. Animal bones in the collection featured: American Black Bear, Armadillo, Beaver, Bobcat, Cougar, Cow Coyote, Domestic Cat, Domestic Dog, domestic Ferret, Domestic Pig, Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Easter Gray Squirrel, Grey, Fox, Horse, Raccoon, Red Wolf, Striped Skunk, Virginia Opossum, White Tailed Deer, and Wild Juvenile Boar.
Another aspect of the project was
creating a display case of animal skulls to show the differences between
cranial and dental features along with how it changes along species. Finally, I took photos of comparing the
morphological differences of the animals listed above compared to human. The
photos were compiled into a manual that compared each bone to human. The manual
can be used in the field or even classroom setting to identify animal vs. human