Estimation of the Original Number of Individuals Using Multiple Skeletal Elements
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 660–664, September/October 2014
How to Cite
2014), Estimation of the Original Number of Individuals Using Multiple Skeletal Elements, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 24, pages 660–664, doi: 10.1002/oa.2252(
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 MAY 2012 10:53AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 14 APR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 14 NOV 2011
- forensic anthropology;
- original number of individuals;
The current report presents simple equations for the estimation of the original number of individuals that have been preserved in a sample of commingled remains and compares the estimates obtained by them to those obtained from the application of the joint hypergeometric estimator, elaborate computer simulations and documented collections. The equations that perform better under different preservation scenarios are the ones that take into consideration that the various bone types have different post mortem survival probabilities. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.