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Am J Phys Anthropol. 1986 Apr;69(4):499-501.

Mandibular symphysis (medial suture) closure in modern Homo sapiens: preliminary evidence from archaeological populations.

Abstract

Four archaeologically derived populations of human infants provide evidence for age at closure of the mandibular suture. These data suggest fusion by 7-8 months of age, with a range from 6 to 9 months. This provides a useful tool for age identification of the remains of young children recovered from archaeological and other contexts.

PMID:
3521306
DOI:
10.1002/ajpa.1330690409
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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