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Microscopic Age Estimation from the Anterior Cortex of the Femur in Korean Adults

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The purpose of this study was to develop age-predicting equations from the anterior cortex of the femur of Korean adults. Seventy-two femoral samples (44 male and 28 female) were obtained from Korean cadavers and used to develop the equations. The thin sections (<100-μm thick) were prepared by manual grinding; the sections were not decalcified and were stained with Villanueva bone stain reagent. Analysis of covariance showed no significant differences in age-adjusted histomorphological variables between sexes. In stepwise regression analysis, osteon population density, average osteon area, and the most anterior cortical width were selected for an age-predicting equation which produced a high regression correlation (R2 = 0.789). The average Haversian canal area was not significantly related to age for any specimen.

Keywords: Korean; age estimation; femur; forensic anthropology; forensic science; histomorphometry

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Anatomy, Catholic Institute for Applied Anatomy, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 505, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137701, Korea. 2: Institute of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University, 1-10, Ami-dong, Seo-gu, Busan 602739, Korea. 3: Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, 366-1, Ssangyong-dong, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 330469, Korea. 4: Department of Anatomy, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, 911-1, Mok-6-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul 158710, Korea.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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