Like other experts in forensic science, forensic anthropologists need to present objective, factual, and interpretative opinions on the evidence presented to them. Although a case may be brought to the anthropologist by a particular law enforcement group or others, it is important to retain objectivity and focus on the scientific issues concerning the evidence presented.
The forensic anthropologist also must be flexible and thoughtful in the selection of procedures and methodology. Many techniques are available to assist analysis, but proper selection of those employed must be dictated by the particular problem presented and the individual circumstances. Reports must be accurate and carefully worded since they become legal documents examined by many individuals involved with the case. Fundamental rules of documentation and chain of evidence must be followed.
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