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Body Height Estimation from Head and Face Dimensions: A Different Method

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As there are cases brought for forensic examination where only the craniofacial region is available, estimation of stature from craniofacial dimensions is without doubt important in forensic cases. The study presented here attempts to estimate stature from craniofacial dimensions in the Turkish population. In the second phase of the study, the correlations between craniofacial dimensions and stature were also evaluated according to different head and face types. All measurements were taken from 286 healthy males with a mean age of 22.71 ± 4.86 years. The sample was then reclassified according to different head and face indexes. For the whole sample, correlation coefficients were low, changing only between 0.012 and 0.229. Thus, no significant increase in correlation coefficients was observed after the samples had been reevaluated according to different head and face types. As a conclusion, craniofacial dimensions are not good predictors for body height for the Turkish population.

Keywords: face dimensions; forensic anthropology; forensic science; head dimensions; identification; stature estimation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Departments of Anatomy and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Baskent University, Baglıca-Ankara, Turkey.

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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