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Stature Estimation from Foot Length Using Universal Regression Formula in a North Indian Population

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Stature is a significant parameter in establishing identity of an unknown. Conventionally, researchers derive regression formula separately for males and females. Sex, however, may not always be determined accurately, particularly in dismembered remains and thus the need for a universal regression formula for stature estimation irrespective of sex of an individual. The study was carried out in an endogamous group of North India to compare the accuracy of sex-specific regression models for stature estimation from foot length with the models derived when the sex was presumed as unknown. The study reveals that regression equation derived for the latter can estimate stature with reasonable accuracy. Thus, stature can be estimated accurately from foot length by regression analysis even when sex remains unknown.

Keywords: foot length; forensic anthropology; forensic science; identification; regression formula; stature estimation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01243.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore-575001, India. 2: Department of Forensic Science, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, India. 3: Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore-575001, India.

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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