The website that I explored for a professional organization representing a subfield of biological anthropology was the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA). The ABFA was incorporated in 1977. Forensic anthropology is the application of biological anthropology to the legal process. Forensic anthropologists use a multi-disciplinary approach to uncover the secrets hidden in bones. According to the ABFA, forensic anthropology the analysis of skeletal, badly decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains is important in both legal and humanitarian contexts. 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. This study contributes to the broader themes of anthropology, which is to study the origin and behavior oh humans as well as the physical, social, and cultural development of humans. This subfield especially relates to the study of the physical development of humans because it includes estimating age, sex, stature, and ancestry. Identifying specific characteristics, like diseases or injuries are also a part of the job. In addition to helping identify human remains, the anthropologist analyzes injuries that happened around the time of a person’s death, which can help determine how a person died. Questions a forensic anthropologist asks includes: is it bone? Is it human? What bones are present? How many people are represented? Are the remains modern or ancient? Who is the individual? What is the sex? What is the age? There are three subsections within the field of forensic anthropology, including: Forensic Osteology which is the study of the skeleton, Forensic Archeology which involves the controlled collection of human remains, and Forensic Taphonomy which involves the study of changes to the body after death, including decomposition and environmental modification. Forensic anthropologists use a number of techniques when studying skeletal remains, including clay or graphic facial reproduction, scanning electron microscopy, radiographic techniques, photo or video superimposition techniques, thin-sectioning techniques of bone histology, the casting of skeletal materials, preservation of skeletal materials using commercial preservatives, rehydration and preservation of mummified or decayed soft tissues. Forensic anthropology includes archaeological excavation, as well as examination of hair, insects, facial reproduction, medicine, but still, the most important job for such a forensic is to identify a decadent body based on the evidence – and there is more use for this than you might think. Regardless of whether the skeleton is fossilized, prehistoric, historic, or modern, and regardless of the conditions in which it was found, the main goals of an osteological analysis are the same: to reconstruct as much as possible about a person’s life from a thorough examination of his or her bones after death. This subfield is very important to the understanding of humans and also to humans themselves.