Idaho State University Forensic Anthropology Laboratory

Short Course in the Identification of

Human Versus Non-Human Bone

Sat. Aug. 10, 2019

Location: Idaho State University -  Pocatello, ID

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $100 

Fee includes course manual, lunch, 7 hours of instruction, and certificate of completion

Continuing Education: Approved for 7 ABMDI CE credit hours. Idaho POST CE approval pending. 

Registration or questions: Contact Dr. Sara Getz

Cell: 724-554-5119

Office: 208-282-2745

Course Description: This one-day course will familiarize law enforcement and medicolegal professionals with human and non-human skeletal remains frequently encountered in forensic contexts. Emphasis will be placed on identifying whether items are bone and, if so, determining if they are human or non-human.


The course provides 2.75 hours of lecture-based instruction with 4.25 hours of structured hands-on laboratory training with real human and non-human bone. Registration fee includes lunch, course manual, and certificate of completion.


Proceeds from this course will be used to support operating costs of the ISU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory to allow for continued access by coroners and law enforcement to free and low-cost services.

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, participants will be familiar with the: 

  • names and appearance of the major bones of the human skeleton

  • primary characteristics that distinguish human from animal bones 

  • bones most commonly confused with human remains in forensic settings

  • contact information for specialists to confirm bone identifications, deal with historic/archaeological remains, and perform forensic anthropological analyses


Printable Course Information: 

Click on the PDF icon to download a course flyer and syllabus. 

 **Photos simulated by the ISU-FAL using non-human bone and teaching specimens. No case photos are shown.**

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