Forensic Anthropology Data Science

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What is this site?

This site contains forensic anthropology data science projects and source code written primarily in the Julia and R programming languages. All source code is released 'as is' and is licensed as open source under the GPL version 2 or MIT licenses. Integrated code is released under a license relevant to their original license requirements and is stated within the root of the source code files. Particular tools can be used directly from the website through a Shiny UI. 

What's new

OsteoSort version 1.3.0 is now released. To use the live version please contact me for a username and password.

The Open Source Standard

This website and all projects therein are developed with an open source standard to meet ISO 17205 requirements for usability within a legal context. This includes full and open disclosure of all source code to aid with future auditing and traceability, complete version control and archiving of all versions, and full transparency in tracking any bugs or errors that are identified. For a comprehensive list of open source licenses see

Associated Publications

Lynch JJ, Byrd JE, LeGarde CB. The Power of Exclusion using Automated Osteometric Sorting: Pair-matching.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Lynch JJ. An Analysis on the Choice of Alpha Level in the Osteometric Pair-matching of the Os Coxa, Scapula, and Clavicle.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Lynch JJ. The Automation of Regression Modeling in Osteometric Sorting: An Ordination Approach.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Lynch JJ. An Automated Two-dimensional Form Registration Method for Osteological Pair-matching.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Lynch JJ. An Automated Two-dimensional Pairwise Form Registration Method for Pair-matching of Fragmented Skeletal Remains.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Lynch JJ, Stephan CN. Computational Tools in Forensic Anthropology: The Value of Open-Source Licensing as a Standard.
Forensic Anthropology
Warnke-Sommer JD, Lynch JJ, Pawaskar SS, Z-Transform Method for Pairwise Osteometric Pair-matching.
Journal of Forensic Sciences


Technical inquiries can be sent to jjlynch [at] osteocoder [dot] com or submitted as issues on the relevant GitHub repositories.