alexa Chronological metamorphosis of the auricular surface of the ilium: A new method for the determination of adult skeletal age at death
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Anthropology Reports

Author(s): C Owen Lovejoy, Richard S Meindl, Thomas R Pryzbeck, Robert P Mensforth

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A new method for the determination of adult skeletal age at death based upon chronological changes in the auricular surface of the ilium is presented. Formal stages have been constructed following extensive tests and refinements in observations made of such changes. Two completely “blind” tests were conducted to assess the accuracy and bias of the new method. Results show that the system is equally accurate to pubic symphyseal aging (although somewhat more difficult to apply), and also carries the advantages of a higher preservation rate for the auricular surface in archaeological popu- lations and continued age-related change beyond the fifth decade.

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This article was published in AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY and referenced in Journal of Anthropology Reports

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