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The thigh bone might not be connected to the hip bone when he finds them, but they still tell a story to forensic anthropologist Paul Sledzik. Sledzik has assisted in identifying victims of plane crashes, Oklahoma City bombing casualties, and corpses flooded out of their “eternal” resting places. As curator of the anatomical collections of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, he presides over a grisly grab bag of Vietnam War souvenir skulls, diseased organs, assassins’ brains, and a set of Siamese twins in a jar. In his lecture “Bones, Bodies, and Bullets: The Human Skeleton’s Perspective on the Civil War,” Sledzik will discuss what the skeletons and teeth of Civil War soldiers tell us about their diets and health; Abraham Lincoln and recent developments in DNA testing; and John Wilkes Booth’s mummy. At 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. For reservations call (703) 838-4994. (JH)