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Sexing and Stature Estimation Criteria for Balkan Populations

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Two standard measurements, maximum femur length and head diameter, were collected by International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) anthropologists. Only Kosovans had both femur dimensions for both sexes. Antemortem stature data were available only for Kosovan and Croatian males. Despite these limitations, the data offer the opportunity to examine ethnic variation and to present sex and stature estimation criteria for these groups. Additional data from Croatians and from American Whites were used for comparison in certain parts of the analysis. Femur variation was considerable. Kosovans can be characterized as short and robust, Bosnians as tall and less robust, and Croatians are tall and gracile, resembling American Whites more than the other groups. Some limited antemortem data on stature was also available, allowing stature estimation equations to be estimated for Croatians and Kosovans. Antemortem stature estimates were obtained from interviews with relatives and are shown to overestimate actual stature. We argue that equations predicting height obtained from relatives is the most realistic in this case because that is the height to which an estimate obtained from bone lengths will be compared. Kosovans were also shown to have experienced slight secular increase in femur length over the past 70 years.

Keywords: Balkans; forensic science; sex estimation; stature estimation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00716.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996. 2: Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, 4202 E, Fowler Avenue SOC 107, Tampa, FL 33620. 3: Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (ERAF), Av. Mello Franco #341, Jesus Maria Lima, Peru.

Publication date: May 1, 2008

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