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Title: Postnatal ontogenesis of the tibia. Implications for age and sex estimation
Author: López-Costas, O.
Rissech, C.
Trancho Gayo, Gonzalo Javier
Turbón, Daniel
Keywords: Evolució humana
Antropologia forense
Human evolution
Forensic anthropology
Issue Date: 10-Jan-2011
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: The growth of five variables of the tibia (diaphyseal length, diaphyseal length plus distal epiphysis, condylo-malleolar length, sagittal diameter of the proximal epiphysis, maximum breadth of the distal epiphysis) were analysed using polynomial regression in order to evaluate their significance and capacity for age and sex determination during and after growth. Data were collected from 181 (90♂ and 91♀) individuals ranging from birth to 25 years of age and belonging to three documented collections from Western Europe. Results indicate that all five variables exhibit linear behaviour during growth, which can be expressed by a first-degree polynomial function. Sexual significant differences were observed from age 15 onward in the two epiphysis measurements and condylo-malleolar length, suggesting that these three variables could be useful for sex determination in individuals older than 15 years. Strong correlation coefficients were identified between the five tibial variables and age. These results indicate that any of the studied tibial measurements is likely to serve as a useful source for estimating sub-adult age in both archaeological and forensic samples.
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It is part of: Forensic Science International, 2011, vol. 214, num. 1-3, p. 207.e1-207.e11
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ISSN: 0379-0738
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals)

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