The Ellis R. Kerley Forensic Sciences Foundation was established in 2000 in memory of Ellis R. Kerley Ph.D., Forensic Anthropologist (1924-1998). Ellis R. Kerley, one of the field's leading anthropologists, was a pioneer in the creation of Forensic Anthropology as a professional discipline. The Foundation, a charitable organization, is dedicated to furthering the development of forensic anthropology by assisting students and professionals, as well as, promoting research within the field that is focused on practical applications.
Dr. Ellis R. Kerley focused his career assisting with criminal investigations and the identification of skeletal remains. Dr. Kerely is best known for his age estimation research involving the microscopic (histological) examination of skeletal tissue. His method, often referred to as the "Kerley Method", evaluates a cross-section of a bone and calculates the number of histological structures that are entered into regression formulae to estimate age at death. His approach to histological methods of age estimation has paved the way for future studies and methods by academics and practitioners.
The foundation was created to continue research in the field of forensic anthropology and to help students achieve academic excellence in this field. There are many projects planned to further develop the field of Forensic Anthropology and we welcome your suggestions and proposals.
Forensic anthropology is the application of the science of biological anthropology to the legal process. The identification of skeletal, badly decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains is important for both legal and humanitarian reasons. Forensic anthropologists apply standard scientific techniques developed in physical anthropology to analyze human remains, and to aid in the detection of crime. In addition to assisting in locating and recovering human skeletal remains, forensic anthropologists work to assess the age, sex, ancestry, stature, and unique features of a decedent from the skeleton.Forensic anthropologists frequently work in conjunction with forensic pathologists, odontologists, and homicide investigators to identify a decedent, document trauma to the skeleton, and/or estimate the postmortem interval.
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