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Stature Estimation Based on Dimensions of the Bony Pelvis and Proximal Femur

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Pelin et al. recently showed that sacral height measured on lateral magnetic resonance images can be used with moderate accuracy to reconstruct stature in males. In most forensic anthropological cases, however, sacral dimensions must be obtained from dry bones. In this study, the relationship between stature and sacral height, hip height, and femur head diameter measured on dry bone was evaluated for American Blacks and Whites of both sexes (n = 247). There are significant correlation between stature and these three dimensions, but the results suggest that none of the dimensions predict stature with the accuracy needed to be useful in forensic anthropological investigations.
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Keywords: femur; forensic anthropology; forensic science; sacrum; stature

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 107 Swallow Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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