*Grant Sponsorship: research grant (SFRH/BPD/6075/2001) from Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia—Operational Program Science Technology and Innovation (POCTI) to C Rissech and the Sabbatical Leave Program of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to G. F. Estabrook.
Using the Acetabulum to Estimate Age at Death of Adult Males*
Article first published online: 8 MAR 2006
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 213–229, March 2006
How to Cite
Rissech, C., Estabrook, G. F., Cunha, E. and Malgosa, A. (2006), Using the Acetabulum to Estimate Age at Death of Adult Males. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51: 213–229. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00060.x
Part of this work was presented as a poster in the 14th Congress of European Anthropological Association. Human Variability: A Bridge between Sciences and Humanities in Komotini, Greece (September 1–5, 2004). The title of the poster was “Acetabular Observations Enable Accurate Estimates of Age at Death of Adults over 40 years.”
- Issue published online: 8 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 8 MAR 2006
- Received 13 Nov. 2004; and in revised form 16 April and 12 July 2005; accepted 21 July 2005; published 13 Feb 2006.
- forensic science;
- forensic anthropology;
- human identification;
- human aging process;
- bone indicators;
- morphological details;
- Bayesian inference
ABSTRACT: The acetabular region is often present and adequately preserved in adult human skeletal remains. Close morphological examination of the 242 left male os coxae from the identified collection of Coimbra (Portugal) has enabled the recognition of seven variables that can be used to estimate age at death. This paper describes these variables and argues their appropriateness by analyzing the correlation between these criteria and the age, the intra- and interobserver consistence, and the accuracy in age prediction using Bayesian inference to estimate age of identified specimens. Results show significant close correlation between the acetabular criteria and age, nonsignificant differences in intra- and interobserver test, and 89% accuracy in Bayes prediction. Obtained estimated age of the specimens had similar accuracy in all ages. These results indicate that these seven variables, based on the acetabular area, are potentially useful to estimate age at death for adult specimens.