Chapter 7. Growth, Maturation and Age

  1. Sue Black2,
  2. Jason Payne-James3 and
  3. Anil Aggrawal4
  1. Noël Cameron and
  2. Laura L. Jones

Published Online: 30 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470669785.ch7

Age Estimation in the Living

Age Estimation in the Living

How to Cite

Cameron, N. and Jones, L. L. (2010) Growth, Maturation and Age, in Age Estimation in the Living (eds S. Black, J. Payne-James and A. Aggrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470669785.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Dundee, UK

  2. 3

    London, UK

  3. 4

    New Delhi, India

Author Information

  1. Centre for Human Development, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519677

Online ISBN: 9780470669785



  • growth, maturation and age;
  • growth, maturation and age, related within scientific study of human growth (auxology);
  • maturation process, continuous throughout life - beginning at conception and ending at death;
  • understanding process of maturation - relationship between maturation and chronological age;
  • maturity indicators, standards of normal variation and ‘maturity indicators’;
  • maturational variation, covering variation of maturation - within process and between processes;
  • maturation assessment and skeletal maturity;
  • secondary sexual development;
  • three systems of assessing maturity - those used by experts in the field of human sciences;
  • size, maturity and passage of time - complex and changing relationships


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Growth, Maturation and Age

  • Assessment of Maturation

  • Secular Trends

  • Worldwide Variation in the Timing of Maturation

  • Factors Associated with the Timing of Maturation

  • Summary

  • References