Welcome to BoneID.net

BoneID is a visual guide for forensic anthropologists, law enforcement, naturalists, and the simply curious.  This site’s extensive and easy-to-use database will help you identify bones from many common species regardless of your academic training.

How to Use BoneID

BoneID is built to help anyone identify bones.  To do this, we have developed several search methods to help you reach a correct ID. Explore the Browse tab to be guided through categories to narrow down your identification such as the location where you found the bone, specific species, graphics, etc. Or, you can begin by clicking the Search tab to type in keywords.

If you cannot identify your bone(s) through the database, contact your local college or university to seek professional analysis. Or, upload images of your bone(s) to our Facebook page for peer and professional advice and suggestions.

If you suspect you have discovered human bones, you must contact your local law enforcement immediately.

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Want a quick and accurate identification of your specimen from this community site? Here are some basic tips that will help everyone involved:
1. Include a ruler in your photo.
2. Describe the environment and country of origin.
3. Include some close-up photos.
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I would like to let people know that, depending on where you are in the world, there are laws regarding the possession of certain species. This especially includes birds of prey or any species that is regulated by hunting restrictions or is endangered. Certain states and locations are quite serious about this, so check your local department of natural resources to see if what you've found is legal to possess. ... See MoreSee Less

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