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Title: Development of the femur - Implications for age and sex determination.
Author: Rissech, C.
Schaefer, M.
Malgosa Morera, Assumpció
Keywords: Antropologia forense
Diferenciació sexual
Creixement dels ossos
Forensic anthropology
Sex differentiation
Bones growth
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: Growth of four variables of the femur (diapyseal length, diaphyseal length plus distal epiphysis, maximum length and vertical diameter of the head) was analyzed by polynomial regression for the purpose of evaluating its significance and capacity for age and sex determination throughout the entire life continuum. Materials included in analysis consisted of 346 specimens ranging from birth to 97 years of age from five documented osteological collections of Western European descent. Linear growth was displayed by each of the four variables. Significant sexual dimorphism was identified in two of the femoral measurements, including maximum length and vertical diameter of the head, from age 15 onward. These results indicate that the two variables may be of use in the determination of sex in sex determination from that age onward. Strong correlation coefficients were identified between femoral size and age for each of the four metric variables. These results indicate that any of the femoral measurements is likely to serve as a useful source to estimate sub-adult age in both archaeological and forensic samples.
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It is part of: Forensic Science International, 2008, vol. 180, num. 1, p. 1-9
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ISSN: 0379-0738
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals)

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