We know knives can talk, but what about bones?

drAren’t bones interesting? Yes, bones. They can reveal a lot about a person. 

The job of a forensic anthropologist is to examine bones to piece together a person’s past. 

From skeletal remains, a person’s age, sex, height and ancestry can be determined. OK to all of that, but what about their job? Can someone’s profession be figured out by studying their bones?

Let’s take a someone who worked in the knife industry, for example. Can a forensic anthropologist figure out who worked in a cutlery factory?

Evidently so, and here’s the story-

Dr. Rafael Brusilow (pictured above), a forensic anthropologist, figured out the owner of a particular set of bones was in fact a cutlery factory worker. 

An unidentified skeleton was examined to find it had a missing finger tip and signs of stress on the right elbow. After investigating it, the Dr. correctly determined that the man had worked as a buffer in the cutlery industry from the stress of the right elbow. The elbow scars were from constantly extending his arm as he polished cutlery.

This all came about because the man had been murdered and from Dr. Brusilow’s findings, the victim was identified. And within days of releasing the information to the public, the police received enough leads to eventually arrest and charge the murderers.

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