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Analysis of Age-at-Death Estimation Using Data From a New, Modern Autopsy Sample-Part I: Pubic Bone

NCJ Number
232557
Journal
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 55 Issue: 5 Dated: September 2010 Pages: 1145-1151
Author(s)
Kristen M. Hartnett, Ph.D.
Date Published
September 2010
Length
7 pages
Annotation

This research tests the accuracy of age estimation from the pubic bone.

Abstract

Specimens were collected from decedents of known age, sex, and race at the Forensic Science Center (FSC) in Phoenix, AZ. The collection consists of pubic bones and fourth rib ends from 419 males and 211 females, ranging in age from 18 to 99. Age-at-death was estimated by three observers using the Suchey-Brooks method. The correlation results indicate that there are significant differences in the observed versus actual ages (r = 0.68169, p less than 0.001) and that there are significant interobserver differences. No significant differences were found in the intra-observer tests. The FSC pubic bones were sorted based on morphology without knowing age. New descriptions and age ranges were created. A phase seven was described and is comprised of males and females over 70 years of age-at-death. (Published Abstract)

Date Published: September 1, 2010