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Analysis of Age-at-Death Estimation Using Data from a New, Modern Autopsy Sample—Part I: Pubic Bone

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Abstract:

Abstract: 

This research tests the accuracy of age estimation from the pubic bone. Specimens were collected from decedents of known age, sex, and race at the Forensic Science Center (FSC) in Phoenix, Arizona. The collection consists of pubic bones and fourth rib ends from 419 males and 211 females, ranging in age from 18 to 99. Age-at-death was estimated by three observers using the Suchey–Brooks method. The correlation results indicate that there are significant differences in the observed versus actual ages (r = 0.68169, p < 0.001) and that there are significant interobserver differences. No significant differences were found in the intra-observer tests. The FSC pubic bones were sorted based on morphology without knowing age. New descriptions and age ranges were created. A phase seven was described and is comprised of males and females over 70 years of age-at-death.

Keywords: age estimation; forensic anthropology; forensic science; osteology; pubic bone; pubic symphysis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01399.x

Affiliations: Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 520 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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