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J Forensic Sci. 2002 Jan;47(1):12-8.

Population-specific histological age-estimating method: a model for known African-American and European-American skeletal remains.

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Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 65211, USA.


Previously developed histological age-estimating methods have been based on samples lacking interpopulation variability. A comparison of age-associated rib histomorphometrics between an European-American sample and an African-American sample indicates that ethnicity can have a significant effect on osteon population density (OPD), osteon cross-sectional area (On.Ar), and relative cortical area (Ct.Ar/Tt.Ar). Based upon these findings, new histological age-predicting formulae are presented that are recommended when estimating age for African-American or European-American skeletal remains. A general formula that is applicable to remains of unknown ethnicity is also provided.

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