Factual error: The Roswell, New Mexico sheriff forces Bones to examine the body because it was found in his jurisdiction. But later in the episode, we learn that the body was found 2 kilometers from the border of Mexico. Roswell is not even in a county on the border of New Mexico much less one that borders Mexico. In fact the closest border to Roswell between the US and Mexico would be in Texas - hours drive away. The Roswell sheriff would have no jurisdiction.
Episode list - season 1
Starring: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Eric Millegan, Jonathan Adams, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor
Seeley Booth: [Gives Temperance a gun.] This is only for self-defence.
Dr. Temperance Brennan: What part do I aim for?
Seeley Booth: Any part that isn't me.
Trivia: Kathy Reichs, whose novels and experiences the series is based on, appears as one of the professors questioning Zack about his dissertation. (00:00:50)
Question: When Doctor Brennan is examining the victim's skull, she states that a "straight suture across the palatine bone" indicates that the victim was a native Japanese speaker. I've studied linguistics, but I've never heard of a person's native language actually affecting their anatomy. So, for example: would a person of Japanese heritage who was born and raised in the US and spoke only English be distinguishable from a person who grew up in Japan and spoke only Japanese, purely by their palatine bones? (00:06:10)
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Answer: Since the palatine bone is a bone that helps form the mouth it has a lot to do with speaking. The shape of it differs a lot depending on your ethnic background. I would guess that they, in the show, meant that the person's bone tells that they were Japanese and that it was "made for the purpose of speaking Japanese." That's what I'd assume anyway. I've studied molecular biology though, so I'm not an expert on bones.