This article is a modified version of the paper entitled “Problems in the Aging of Females Using the Public Symphysis” presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, San Diego, February 1977. The 1977 version summarized the responses of 13 forensic anthropologists; this article include 23.
Problems in the aging of females using the Os pubis†
Version of Record online: 29 APR 2005
Copyright © 1979 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 467–470, September 1979
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Suchey, J. M. (1979), Problems in the aging of females using the Os pubis. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 51: 467–470. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330510319
- Issue online: 29 APR 2005
- Version of Record online: 29 APR 2005
- Skeletal maturation;
- Os pubis
The Gilbert-McKern method for aging the female Os pubis has attained popularity following Gilbert's ('73) demonstration that the McKern-Stewart male standards are not directly applicable to females. In order to assess the reliability of the method, forensic anthropologists were asked to age a set of 11 pubes of known age. There was a great deal of variability in the responses of the 23 participants. Three, four, and five different responses (out of a 6-scale system) were given for each component of each pubic bone. Only 51% of the assessments yielded age ranges which would include the known age of the specimens. Analysis of the errors showed that one of the focal problems of the Gilbert-McKern system was the difficulty in judging whether the ventral rampart was building up or breaking down.