Daily Archives: January 2, 2019

New DNA connections finally provide answers in the ‘Hatbox Baby’ mystery

Her mother died when she was three months old, and her father, with six older children, could not care for a seventh. Her uncle, so the family story goes, took the train to a funeral one day and came home with a baby.

Buena Park man steals car, other items — DNA gets him caught

Grand theft, unauthorized computer access and a slew of other crimes have landed a Buena Park man in jail. He was identified on December 21st, 2018, through the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Rapid DNA Program and charged with three felony counts on Christmas Eve.
The circumstances leading up to the case in question started back on June 11th, 2018, when Damian Taylor Maxey, aged 24, provided a DNA sample to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) DNA database as part of his plea agreement and sentence in the charge of unauthorized use of personally identifiable information.

The 7 Most Fascinating Skeletons Of 2018

FORBES-This time last year, I highlighted the five most fascinating human skeletons that I felt succinctly summarized the year in bioarchaeological research. The bones that most intrigued me were the mortal remains of women and children, differently gendered people, and people with disabilities, or those who were least likely to make it into the history books. Although they couldn’t have imagined it at the time, these individuals taught archaeologists about what life was like hundreds or thousands of years ago.
2018 has continued this theme, producing bioarchaeological research that showcases both the interdisciplinary nature of this academic field but also the fact that even professionals can be surprised by what they find when they put their trowels in the ground. Here are the five individuals and two groups of people I found most fascinating this year: