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Wanted—Butch and Sundance

Classroom Activity


Objective
To give students an opportunity to think like forensic anthropologists.

Materials for each team
  • copy of "Identifying the Skeletons" student handout ( HTML)
Procedure
  1. Photocopy and distribute the "Identifying the Skeletons" student handout. Organize students into teams.

  2. Challenge students to piece together the data to determine which bones might have been the remains of which explorer. Point out that scientists often must work with inconclusive data. In this case students may find that, based on the information available, some bones might be difficult to identify as belonging to a specific individual.

Activity Answer

The size of the bones indicate that they could possibly have come from the lost explorers. None of the data in the chart are inconsistent with the heights of the individuals in question. There are two bones for each of the explorers: H1 and F1 are from the male. H2 and F2 represent Dr. Molina. R1 and U1 are from Dr. Kelley. The most difficult bone to identify is F2, because the height of both Dr. Molina and of Mr. Dumais falls within the ranges that are predicted for that bone size.

Teacher's Guide
Wanted—Butch and Sundance
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Video is not required for this activity
   

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