2003 Photo Contest, Science & Technology, 2nd prize

David I. Gross

20 May, 2002

A spinal colomn is reconstructed for identification in a morgue. A single grave may contain up to 40 sets of remains. Because body bags often contain more than one corpse, forensic scientists must piece together remains to see how many they have found. Some 3,800 people are still missing in relation to the former armed conflict in Kosovo. Bereft families continue to seek information about the fate of their relatives. Forensic scientists helping to identify remains are hindered by the fact that many corpses are incomplete, and often the remains of a number of people are buried together.

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David I. Gross

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