Forensic Anthropology Center News

Pregame Showcase: Body Farm Director Looks at Forensics in Crime Solving

This Saturday’s Pregame Showcase, prior to the Vols football game against Alabama, will look at how forensic anthropology helps locate and identify crime victims and missing persons. Dawnie Steadman, anthropology professor and director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, commonly known as the Body Farm, will present The Tales Bones Tell at 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

NBC Tonight Show: Jay Leno on UT Study

NBC late night talk show host Jay Leno had his own interpretation of a study by UT forensic anthropologists that has found American heads are getting larger.

Forensic Anthropologists Find American Heads are Getting Larger

White Americans’ heads are getting bigger. That’s according to research by forensic anthropologists at UT. Researchers examined 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s. They noticed US skulls have become larger, taller, and narrower as seen from the front and faces have become significantly narrower and higher.

Knoxville Firm Licenses Human Remains Discovery Technology Developed at UT and ORNL

Technology with roots in the Department of Anthropology’s Forensic Research Facility is being licensed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the hope of bringing criminals more swiftly to justice and giving greater closure to grieving families. The new remote sensing technology is being licensed to Agile Technologies of Knoxville.

KOMO-TV: 3-acre farm of decaying bodies a teaching hub for forensics

A news team from KOMO 4 TV in Seattle, Washington, recently visited UT Knoxville’s Anthropological Research Facility, also known as the ‘Body Farm.’ The team spoke with forensic anthropologist and professor emeritus William Bass and assistant coordinator Rebecca Taylor about the unique educational experience the facility offers to students.