In the past, perhaps only a handful of people will ever have interest in forensic sciences and forensic anthropology. I can only imagine how they were thought to be the nerds and the geeks. Maybe they were the outcasts in school when they were younger because no one could understand their interest for such a peculiar thing. Today, however, that is no longer the case. In fact, more and more people want to become forensic scientists and forensic anthropologists. Perhaps it is the fault of media and television considering how well they portrayed the lives of these professionals. They are now perceived as cool, exciting and yet intelligent people who manage to solve crimes in mere hours and have fun in life at the same time. So for those of you who are planning to become one of them, perhaps it is time for you to know the differences between forensic anthropology and other forensic sciences, as well as their similarities. The study of forensic science is so wide and diverse that there are many other specializations under the large umbrella. You must understand what they are if you are to help in solving crime in the future.

Let us start with the similarities. Perhaps the biggest similarity that envelopes all forensic sciences is the reason why people does it in the first place. Other scientists may stay in the lab for hours and engage in work that is somewhat similar. However, what sets them apart is the fact that every person engaged in forensic science does, is because of one reason – to bring justice to crime. Every forensic scientist does his or her part in order to find out the roots of the crime and ultimately, who to blame for it.

So what exactly are the differences between forensic anthropology and the others? The differences lie on what they do. For instance, the job of a forensic anthropologist is to study the body of the victim by spending long hours in the lab doing tests. The tests and exams are meant to reveal who the person is, the age, the gender, when they person died, how he or she died and the other events that lead to a person’s death. It is amazing how a human remain can tell the story about a crime.

On the other hand, a forensic engineer contributes his expertise and helps cops put the pieces of the puzzle together by examining fires, traffic accidents and other incidents. They determine if it is an accident or if it is done intentionally. There are instances wherein the evidence collected by a forensic engineer would not make much sense. However, combine it with the information gathered by the forensic anthropologist and all of a sudden, the entire crime and how it was executed makes sense.