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Osteologists identify and provide information based on the scientific identification of bones, whether they are human or animal, with regard to age, death, gender, growth, and development in a biocultural context. Osteology is frequently used in forensic science, physical/biological anthropology, and archaeology, and can be employed in a wide range of research topics. Osteological studies can be utilised in a range of situations and locations from inner city crime scenes to archaeological and research sites in the mountains of Kenya.

Anthropologists will need to specialise in biological/physical anthropology, with a high load of osteological courses, to follow this particular career path. Further studies in osteology are recommended, but not necessary for initial employment.